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The Resource A deal with the devil : the dark and twisted true story of one of the biggest cons in history, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken

A deal with the devil : the dark and twisted true story of one of the biggest cons in history, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken

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A deal with the devil : the dark and twisted true story of one of the biggest cons in history
Title
A deal with the devil
Title remainder
the dark and twisted true story of one of the biggest cons in history
Statement of responsibility
Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an expose of one of the longest running cons in history. While investigating financial crimes for CNN Money, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken were intrigued by reports that elderly Americans were giving away thousands of dollars to mail-in schemes. With a little digging, they soon discovered a shocking true story. Victims received personalized letters from a woman who, claiming amazing psychic powers, convinced them to send money in return for riches, good health, and good fortune. The predatory scam has continued unabated for decades, raking in more than $200 million in the United States and Canada alone--with investigators from all over the world unable to stop it. And at the center of it all--an elusive French psychic named Maria Duval. Based on the five-part series that originally appeared on CNN's website in 2016 and was seen by more than three million people, A Deal with the Devil picks up where the series left off as Ellis and Hicken reveal more bizarre characters, follow new leads, close in on Maria Duval, and connect the dots in an edge-of-your-seat journey across the US to England and France. A Deal with the Devil is a fascinating, thrilling search for the truth and is long-form investigative journalism at its best"--
  • "In this spellbinding story, award-winning investigative journalists for CNN Money track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of one of the longest running cons in history--an international mail scam that targets the elderly and emotionally vulnerable"--
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  • Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ellis, Blake
Dewey number
364.16/3
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV6691
LC item number
.E445 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hicken, Melanie
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Victims of crimes
  • Crime
  • TRUE CRIME
  • Crime
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Victims of crimes
Target audience
adult
Label
A deal with the devil : the dark and twisted true story of one of the biggest cons in history, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-290)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-290)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The journalists -- The promises -- The scam -- The victims -- The address -- The mysterious psychic -- The psychic sidekick -- The sightings -- The dentist's wife -- The investigators -- The business web -- The Sparks connection -- The whistleblower -- The "mailing genius" -- The bizarre businessman -- The copywriter -- The nucleus -- The windfall -- The trip -- The dusty archives -- The psychic no one sees -- The house -- The sister -- The pot of jelly -- The lover -- The son -- The attorney -- The deal -- The myth -- The responses -- The other psychics -- The checks -- The dark and the strange -- The Romanians -- The childhood friend -- The return to sanity -- The bizarre businessman revisited -- The fading myth -- The irony -- Afterword
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Atria Boks hardcover edition.
Extent
xiii, 290 pages
Isbn
9781501163852
Lccn
2017055494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1011106742
  • (OCoLC)1011106742
Label
A deal with the devil : the dark and twisted true story of one of the biggest cons in history, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-290)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-290)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The journalists -- The promises -- The scam -- The victims -- The address -- The mysterious psychic -- The psychic sidekick -- The sightings -- The dentist's wife -- The investigators -- The business web -- The Sparks connection -- The whistleblower -- The "mailing genius" -- The bizarre businessman -- The copywriter -- The nucleus -- The windfall -- The trip -- The dusty archives -- The psychic no one sees -- The house -- The sister -- The pot of jelly -- The lover -- The son -- The attorney -- The deal -- The myth -- The responses -- The other psychics -- The checks -- The dark and the strange -- The Romanians -- The childhood friend -- The return to sanity -- The bizarre businessman revisited -- The fading myth -- The irony -- Afterword
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Atria Boks hardcover edition.
Extent
xiii, 290 pages
Isbn
9781501163852
Lccn
2017055494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1011106742
  • (OCoLC)1011106742

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