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  • Cosmos
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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)

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  • McMax
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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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  • Cosmos
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    Over 2 weeks since the last post ; any more for this topic?

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  • slick_miester
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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.

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  • PGT Beauregard
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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

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  • rebpreacher
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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 miles˛ (32,400 km˛) 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.

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  • slick_miester
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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.

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  • rebpreacher
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    13 Great American Conmen

    1. Charles Ponzi
    2. Sante Kimes
    3.Frank Abignale Jr

    4. James Burke 'Jimmy the Gent'



    James Burke, also known as Jimmy the Gent, and The Irishman (July 5, 1931 – April 13, 1996), was an Irish American gangster and Lucchese crime family associate who is believed to have organized the Lufthansa heist in 1978 and also believed to have orchestrated the murder of (or murdered) many of those involved in the months following. He is the father of small-time mobster and Lufthansa heist suspect, Frankie Burke, as well as of Jesse James Burke, Catherine Burke (who married Bonanno crime family member Anthony Indelicato in 1992), and another unidentified daughter.

    Burke inspired the character "Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway" in the 1990 movie GoodFellas; he died of lung cancer in prison in 1996.

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  • Selous
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    13 Great American Conmen

    1. Charles Ponzi
    2. Sante Kimes
    3.Frank Abignale Jr.

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  • rebpreacher
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    1. Charles Ponzi
    2. Sante Kimes
    Sante Kimes (born July 24, 1934) is an American felon who has been convicted of two murders, along with robbery, violation of anti-slavery laws, forgery and numerous other crimes. Many of these crimes were committed with assistance from her children, especially her son Kenneth. The two of them were tried and convicted together for the murder of Irene Silverman, along with 117 other charges. The pair were also suspected but never charged in a third murder in the Bahamas, to which Kenneth has confessed.
    According to court records, Kimes was born Sandra Louise Walker in Oklahoma City to a mother of partial Dutch descent and an East Indian father. Her estranged[1] son, Kent Walker, in his book Son of a Grifter has reported from an old acquaintance of his mother that Sante Kimes was the daughter of a respectable family who was unable to cope with the young girl's aberrant, wild antics; Kimes herself has claimed that her father was a laborer and that her mother was a prostitute who migrated from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl to Los Angeles, where the young Kimes ran wild in the streets. But Sante Kimes has given numerous, conflicting stories about her origins and numerous other accounts are difficult to confirm, and thus Kent Walker says that his ancestry could be anything from Latino to East Indian to Indigenous American to simply white.[2] She spent the better part of her life fleecing people of money, expensive merchandise, and real estate, either through elaborate con games, arson, forgery, or outright theft.[1]

    According to the book Son of a Grifter, she committed insurance fraud on numerous occasions, frequently by committing arson and then collecting for property damage. She delighted in introducing her husband as an ambassador - a ploy that even gained the couple access to a White House reception during the Ford administration. And she sometimes even impersonated Elizabeth Taylor, whom she resembled slightly. He also alleges that she committed many acts of fraud that were not even financially necessary, such as enslaving maids when she could easily afford to pay them and burning down houses she could have easily sold.

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  • slick_miester
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    13 Great American Conmen

    1. Charles Ponzi

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  • slick_miester
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    Bakers Dozen North American Preachers

    1. Ernest Angley
    2. Jimmy Lee Swaggart
    3. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
    4. Marjoe Gortner
    5. Reverend Timothy Lovejoy
    6. Billy Graham
    7. Benny Hin
    8. Franklin Graham (William Franklin Graham III)
    9. Archbishop Fulton J Sheen
    10. Will Graham(William Franklin Graham IV)
    11. Bagwan Shree Rajneesh
    12. Little Richard

    13. Grand Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson







    If you're Jewish, he's your Jesus.

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  • Selous
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    I was just listening to Little Richard this afternoon, why didn't I think of that one

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  • rebpreacher
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    1. Ernest Angley
    2. Jimmy Lee Swaggart
    3. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
    4. Marjoe Gortner
    5. Reverend Timothy Lovejoy
    6. Billy Graham
    7. Benny Hin
    8. Franklin Graham (William Franklin Graham III)
    9. Archbishop Fulton J Sheen
    10. Will Graham(William Franklin Graham IV)
    11. Bagwan Shree Rajneesh

    12. Little Richard


    Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American pianist, singer and songwriter. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. His most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s where his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. Penniman's hits of that period were generally characterized by playful lyrics underpinned with suggestive overtones. His music also had a pivotal impact on the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians from rock to rap.

    Penniman was honored by many institutions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1993 and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994. Penniman's breakthrough hit "Tutti Frutti" (1955) was included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, claiming the "unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music"
    Penniman's family had deep evangelical (Baptist and AME) Christian roots, including two uncles and a grandfather who were preachers.[11] Penniman also took part in Macon's Pentecostal churches mainly due to their music, charismatic praise, dancing in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.[8] Influenced by Pentecostalism, Penniman would go around saying he was a faith healer, singing to neighbors and touching them. He later recalled that they would often indicate that they felt better after he prayed for them and would sometimes give him money.[8] Penniman had aspirations of being a preacher due to the influence of singing evalngelist Brother Joe May.[11]

    After he was born again in 1957, Penniman enrolled at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama to study theology. He was eventually ordained a minister in 1970. Penniman was lured back to secular music in the early 1960s. He repented again in 1977 and resumed evangelical activities. Penniman represented Memorial Bibles International and sold their Black Heritage Bible, which highlighted the Book's many black characters. As a preacher, Penniman evangelized in small churches and packed auditoriums of 20,000 or more. His preaching focused on uniting the races and bringing lost souls to repentance through God's love.[147] In 1984, Penniman's mother, Leva Mae, died after a long illness. Prior to her death, Penniman promised her that he would remain a Christian.

    During the 1980s and 1990s, Penniman officiated at celebrity weddings. In 2006, Penniman wedded twenty couples who won a contest in one ceremony.[148] The musician used his experience and knowledge as a minister and elder statesman of rock and roll to officiate at funerals of musical friends such as Wilson Pickett and Ike Turner.[149] At a benefit concert in 2009 to raise funds to help rebuild children's playgrounds destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Penniman asked guest of honor Fats Domino to pray with him and others. His assistants handed out inspirational booklets at the concert—a common practice at Penniman's shows.[150] He somberly told a Washington, D.C. audience in June 2012, "I know this is not Church, but get close to the Lord. The world is getting close to the end. Get close to the Lord.

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  • slick_miester
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    [QUOTE=rebpreacher;2502411][B]Bakers Dozen North American Preachers

    1. Ernest Angley
    2. Jimmy Lee Swaggart
    3. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
    4. Marjoe Gortner
    5. Reverend Timothy Lovejoy
    6. Billy Graham
    7. Benny Hin
    8. Franklin Graham (William Franklin Graham III)
    9. Archbishop Fulton J Sheen
    10. Will Graham(William Franklin Graham IV)

    11. Bagwan Shree Rajneesh



    He once laced Portland area Sizzlers' salad bars with rhinovirus in order to tip the outcome of local elections.

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