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Saturday, June 8 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Duped: Why We Love Liars, Imposters, and Scammers

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Secret lives are all around us. Flip on the TV or surf the web and tales of gross betrayal will assault you: The highly respected Wall Street financier operating a billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Or “Family values”-preaching politicians who solicit men in airport bathrooms. While leading a double life would seem to be the exclusive province of psychopaths, spies, secret agents and undercover operatives with indeterminate accents, plenty of seemingly ‘normal’ people—both men and women--keep extraordinary secrets from the people closest to them.

In this session, journalist Abby Ellin, the author of "Duped: Double Lives, False Identities and the Con Man I Almost Married,” talks with professor and filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD about why we love fraudsters so much.  Why are we so obsessed with these stories? Why do we give the perps a pass but look down on their victims? Is it possible to detect when someone is lying? And why are smart people so easily fooled? Read more about Abby on pg. 16 in issue 4 of CrimeConfidential

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Ellen Killoran

Investigative Reporter, Crime Online
Ellen Killoran is an investigative reporter for Crime Online and Crime Stories. A former entertainment and media business reporter who got bitten by the true crime bug, her work has appeared in Forbes, Maxim, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, the New York Observer, and... Read More →

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Abby Ellin

Abby Ellin is an award-winning journalist and the author of Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In On Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help. For five years she wrote the "Preludes" column about young people and money for the Sunday Money and Business section of the New York Times. She is also a regular contributor to the Health, Style, Business and Education sections of the New York Times. Her work has been published... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
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