Media Lookalikes: Enough Already

The media lookalikes conspiracy meme started by Ed Chiarini of WellAware1, which I've covered here and here, is getting out of control. I thought it was restricted to the fringiest fringe of conspiranoid kooksters, but the picture below has gone viral in a minor way among conspiracy folks, even ending up on Snopes along with... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: More media lookalikes

Sadly, Ed Chiarini's bizarre "media lookalikes" theory appears to be part of a larger trend in conspiranoia. I wouldn't call it a meme, exactly. It's really more of a method. A very weird, stupid and useless method. Or perhaps, as my anonymous commenter helpfully pointed out, it's the Fregoli delusion. It seems that a dedicated... Continue Reading →

Weird/Stupid Conspiracy Theory: Media "Lookalikes"

I'm still working on the Bill Schnoebelen post, so in the meantime take a gander at this site, maintained by Texan Ed Chiarini: wellaware1.com. It is, quite simply, one of the strangest and least convincing conspiracy sites I have ever seen. Mr. Chiarini believes that many of the people we see in the news, including... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens

Perpetual adolescence may sound like hell, but these folks went to astounding lengths to make it happen... Part I: James Hogue, self-educated cowboy and Ivy League track star Part II: Brian McKinnon and other fake students Part III: Predatory Fake Teens Part IV: Serial Teen Treva Throneberry, the female Peter Pan Part V: Frederic Bourdin,... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens V: Serial Teen Frederic Bourdin

This case bears some resemblance to Arthur Hutchens' 1928 impersonation of the missing Los Angeles boy Walter Collins, but there are darker twists to the tale.A Changeling in Spain13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went missing from San Antonio, Texas, in 1994. On June 10, he phoned home to ask for a ride after playing basketball with his... Continue Reading →

The Real Stories Behind The Changeling

Swallowing the Camel has moved! We're now at swallowingthecamel.wordpress.com. Please join us!  The Wineville Chicken Murders, the impersonation of Walter Collins, LAPD corruption, and the secrets of Canada's Northcott familyThe case of serial killer Gordon Stewart Northcott and little Walter Collins is so surpassingly bizarre, so full of incredible twists, that even a full-length feature... Continue Reading →

He didn’t die falling from that ladder… he just bumped his head.

This fellow, who will be a guest on Coast to Coast AM tomorrow, believes he is the Lindbergh baby. He calls himself Charles Lindbergh, Jr. Which is interesting, because the Lindbergh baby was Charles Lindbergh III.

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