Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic
Tell me this doesn't have all the makings of a made for TV movie... A stranger shows up in a small town, says he's a federal agent riding in to clean up the local drug problem. He makes arrests, busts in doors, knocks heads (ok not literally, but there are reports of physical abuse). Turns out, though, the guy's NOT a federal agent, he's not even a cop. He made the whole thing up for reasons nobody can be quite sure of. But it wasn't the local police or mayor who found him out... It was a local reporter. And she says some people in town are actually disappointed he wasn't true blue — after all, they say, he was doing a pretty good job. That "job" has left him facing charges, put a chief of police out of a job, and left a whole town asking how something like this could happen in this day and age. We'll talk with Linda Trest, the reporter, on the show today, and find out how she got her scoop, and how this ruse went on so long.