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  • 13 Great American Conmen

    1. Charles Ponzi
    2. Sante Kimes
    3. Frank Abignale Jr
    4. James Burke 'Jimmy the Gent'

    Jimmy the Gent was not a con man: he was a gangster. There is a difference.

    5. Steve Wynn



    If you believe that you can come out ahead in Las Vegas, then you've been conned.
    I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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    • 13 Great American Conmen

      1. Charles Ponzi
      2. Sante Kimes
      3. Frank Abignale Jr
      4. James Burke 'Jimmy the Gent'

      Jimmy the Gent was not a con man: he was a gangster. There is a difference.
      He was also good at cons.

      5. Steve Wynn

      6.Gregor MacGregor


      Gregor MacGregor (24 December 1786 – 4 December 1845) was a Scottish soldier, adventurer, land speculator, and colonizer who fought in the South American struggle for independence. Upon his return to England in 1820, he claimed to be cacique of Poyais (also known as Principality of Poyais, Territory of Poyais, Republic of Poyais), a fictional Central American country that MacGregor had invented which, with his help, drew investors and eventually colonists.

      MacGregor returned to London in 1820, where he announced that he had been created cacique (highest authority or prince) of the Principality of Poyais, an independent nation on the Bay of Honduras.[25] He claimed that native chieftain King George Frederic Augustus I of the Mosquito Shore and Nation had given him the territory of Poyais, 12,500 miles² (32,400 km²) of fertile land with untapped resources, a small number of settlers of British origin, and cooperative natives eager to please. He painted the picture of a country with civil service, army and democratic government, which needed English settlers and investors.[26]

      At the time, British merchants were all too eager to enter the South American market that Spain had denied to them. In the wake of wars for South American independence, the new governments of Colombia, Chile and Peru had issued bonds in the London Royal Exchange to raise money.

      London high society welcomed MacGregor's colourful figure, and he and his Spanish-American wife received many invitations. The Lord Mayor of London Christopher Magnay even organized an official reception in London Guildhall. MacGregor claimed descent of clan MacGregor and that Rob Roy MacGregor had been his direct ancestor. MacGregor also claimed that one of his ancestors was a rare survivor of the Darien Scheme, a failed Scottish attempt of colonization in Panama in 1690s. In order to compensate for this, he said, he had decided to draw most of the settlers from Scotland. For this purpose, he established offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He also enhanced his allure by embellishing his exploits in the Peninsular War in the service of Francisco de Miranda and Simon Bolivar.[citation needed]

      MacGregor was also introduced to Major William John Richardson and by the winter of 1821 he had made Richardson legate of Poyais. He moved to Oak Hall in Richardson's estate in Essex, as befitted his station as a prince. An office for the Legation of the Territory of Poyais was opened at Dowgate Hill in London. MacGregor threw elaborate banquets in Oak Hall and invited dignitaries, foreign ambassadors, government ministers and senior military officers.

      In Edinburgh in 1822, MacGregor began to sell land rights for 3 shillings and 3 pence per acre. (The worker's weekly wage at the time was about 1 shilling.) The price steadily rose to 4 shillings. Many people willing to help colonize the new land signed on with their families. By October 23, 1822, MacGregor had secured a 200,000 loan on behalf of the Poyais government, in the form of 2,000 bearer bonds worth 100 each.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregor_MacGregor

      Probably one of the first con men.
      This bass guitar kills TERRORISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 13 Great American Conmen

        1. Charles Ponzi
        2. Sante Kimes
        3. Frank Abignale Jr
        4. James Burke 'Jimmy the Gent'

        Jimmy the Gent was not a con man: he was a gangster. There is a difference.
        He was also good at cons.
        5. Steve Wynn
        6.Gregor MacGregor

        7. Bernard Madoff

        à vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire (triumph without peril brings no glory) P. Corneille

        Le probleme avec les cons, c'est qu'il ne se fatiguent jamais
        (The problem with Pr.cks, is that they never get tired ) Michel Audiard

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        • 13 Great American Conmen

          1. Charles Ponzi
          2. Sante Kimes
          3. Frank Abignale Jr
          4. James Burke 'Jimmy the Gent'
          5. Steve Wynn
          6. Gregor MacGregor
          7. Bernard Madoff

          8. Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt



          Killed homeless men in the Los Angeles area in order to receive insurance settlements.
          I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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          • Over 2 weeks since the last post ; any more for this topic?
            The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson.

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            • Originally posted by Cosmos View Post
              Over 2 weeks since the last post ; any more for this topic?


              Long enough, go ahead and re-boot. And we need to not narrow cast topics as much.

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              • Bakers Dozen of Famous Military Servicemen of N.A.

                Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)

                The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson.

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                • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                  (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                  1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)

                  2. Audie Murphy (United States)

                  "There is no justice among men."- Tsar Nicholas II

                  “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.” - Otto Von Bismarck

                  "It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them." - Alfred Adler

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                  • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                    (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                    1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)
                    2. Audie Murphy (United States)

                    3. Dwight D. Eisenhower

                    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson.

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                    • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                      (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                      1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)
                      2. Audie Murphy (United States)
                      3. Dwight D. Eisenhower

                      4. Billy Bishop (Canada)



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                      • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                        (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                        1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)
                        2. Audie Murphy (United States)
                        3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
                        4. Billy Bishop (Canada)

                        5
                        . Arthur William Currie (Canada)


                        Never Fear the Event

                        Admiral Lord Nelson

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                        • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                          (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                          1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)
                          2. Audie Murphy (United States)
                          3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
                          4. Billy Bishop (Canada)
                          5. Arthur William Currie (Canada)

                          6. Daniel Hyacinthe Liénard de Beaujeu (Canada)


                          à vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire (triumph without peril brings no glory) P. Corneille

                          Le probleme avec les cons, c'est qu'il ne se fatiguent jamais
                          (The problem with Pr.cks, is that they never get tired ) Michel Audiard

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                          • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                            (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                            1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)
                            2. Audie Murphy (United States)
                            3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
                            4. Billy Bishop (Canada)
                            5. Arthur William Currie (Canada)
                            6. Daniel Hyacinthe Liénard de Beaujeu (Canada)

                            7. George Washington (USA)


                            Never Fear the Event

                            Admiral Lord Nelson

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                            • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                              (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                              1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)
                              2. Audie Murphy (United States)
                              3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
                              4. Billy Bishop (Canada)
                              5. Arthur William Currie (Canada)
                              6. Daniel Hyacinthe Liénard de Beaujeu (Canada)
                              7. George Washington (USA)

                              8. Antonio López de Santa Anna (Mexico)

                              The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson.

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                              • Famous Military Servicemen of North America
                                (North America = Greenland, Canada, US, and Mexico)

                                1. Frank Everett Jones (Canada)
                                2. Audie Murphy (United States)
                                3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
                                4. Billy Bishop (Canada)
                                5. Arthur William Currie (Canada)
                                6. Daniel Hyacinthe Liénard de Beaujeu (Canada)
                                7. George Washington (USA)
                                8. Antonio López de Santa Anna (Mexico)

                                9. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (USA)


                                Never Fear the Event

                                Admiral Lord Nelson

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