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A Con Artist is a person who gains another person's Confidence in order to rob them of any personal assets.

HistoryEdit

The first known usage of the term "confidence man" in English was in 1849; it was used by American press during the trial of William Thompson. Thompson would strike conversations with strangers until he asked if they had the confidence to lend him their watches, whereupon he would walk off with the watch; he was captured when a victim recognized him on the street.[1]

On Criminal MindsEdit

  • David Walker ("Won't Get Fooled Again") - Before becoming a copycat of serial bomber Adrian Bale, he was a career criminal specializing in counterfeiting money and cheques, and forging antiques. He became a bomber when a mark threatened to expose one of his forgeries (a coin collection).
  • Bill Hodges ("Parasite") - He was responsible for a number of different cons that occurred for over a decade before settling on hedge fund schemes. He later devolved into a spree killer when the strain of juggling too many aliases caused him to begin having violent, psychotic fits.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women, p 6 ISBN 0-300-02835-0

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