1982: Oregon businessman Phil Champagne, age 52, dies in a tragic boating accident off Lopez Island. He is survived by one ex-wife, four adult children, an octogenarian mother, and two despondent brothers. Phil didn't know he was dead until he read it in the paper. All things considered, he took it rather well. So did Phil's brother, Mitch, the beneficiary of a 1.5 million dollar policy on Phil's life.
1992: Washington restaurateur Harold Stegeman, famous for his thick, juicy steaks, is arrested by the Secret Service for printing counterfeit US currency in an Idaho shed. In addition to the bogus bills, Stegeman also has a fraudulently obtained passport, a fabricated Cayman Island driver's license, and Phil Champagne's fingerprints.
When the uproarious reality of Harold Stegeman's secret identity hit the headlines, the counterfeit resurrection of Phil Champagne became one of the most celebrated and hysterically funny true-crime stories of the 20th century. And while every supermarket tabloid and television talk show hounded after the untold story, only Edgar Award winner Burl Barer captured Champagne's confidence and received permission to detail Phil's post-mortem career of fraud, deception, trickery, lies, and fine prime rib, bringing to life the exploits of a man his family thought dead over a decade ago.
"True crime at its best...Barer has undeniable talent, pizzaz ,and imagination!" (Jack Olsen, best-selling author and award-winning journalist)
"Crisp as a freshly printed C-note. Exceptionally clever and vastly entertaining!" (Lee Goldberg, author, screenwriter, and television producer)
"Barer does it again! A deft and dazzling display of solid research and rapier wit - a must for all true crime aficionados." (Gary C. King, author of To Die For)
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- Shoshana Hathaway
Somewhat hard to follow with all the alias'
Yes I would try another book by Burl Barer and or Kevin Pierce
Maybe, as it was interesting to see how someone builds a new life and botches it.
Listening is like watching a movie. Each Character comes more alive than when you just read it.
Yes. Stars, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.
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