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C5. Imposters, Con Artists and Their Webs of Deception

  • 02/02/2021
  • 03/02/2021
  • 5 sessions
  • 02/02/2021, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 02/09/2021, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 02/16/2021, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 02/23/2021, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 03/02/2021, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
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In the history of humankind, we often detect unusually clever personalities who assume a double life or use fraudulent methods to deceive the innocent for their own purposes. The motive for such deception may be to escape capture and punishment for a crime, to gain power, prestige and wealth, or simply to gain satisfaction in duping someone in a high position. We will study the lives of these imposters and artists, many of whom have been exposed and brought justice including James (Whitey) Bulger, the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, Clark Rockefeller, Jim Bakker, the Piltdown Man hoax and many others. 

ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members


INSTRUCTOR: Margaret Watson, is a product of the Big Ten, having received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and then pursued further graduate study at Ohio State University. She is professor emerita at Quinsigamond Community College with teaching and administrative roles during her thirty-six year tenure.


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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609

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