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Stories Of Swindle: Dissecting The Art Of Con

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Stories Of Swindle: Dissecting The Art Of Con

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A criminal is a criminal, but a con man is an artist. In a recent case, a stylish, ascot-wearing man using the name "Clark Rockefeller" fooled just about everyone: two wives, a New York art dealer, even a state senator. He's wanted for questioning about a two-decade-old disappearance and possible murder.

Michael Levenson, reporter for The Boston Globe, details the Clark Rockefeller case. Jane Risen, assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, explains why people fall for cons.