By Frank W. Abagnale
Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was once some of the most bold con males, forgers, imposters, and get away artists in heritage. In his short yet infamous felony occupation, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded because the supervising resident of a clinic, practiced legislations with out a license, and cashed over $2.5 million in cast exams, all ahead of he used to be twenty-one.
Known through the police of twenty-six overseas nations and all fifty states as 'The Skywayman,' Abagnale lived a luxurious existence at the lam -- until eventually the legislations stuck up with him. Now well-known because the nation's prime authority on monetary foul play, Abagnale used to be an enthralling rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction foreign escapades, and inventive escapes -- together with one from an plane -- make Catch Me in the event you Can an impossible to resist story of deceit.
Performed by means of Michael Cerveris
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It did. It worked so many times in the next several weeks, I lost count. I can’t remember how many sets of tires, how many batteries, how many other automobile accessories I bought with that charge card and then sold back for a fraction of value. I hit every Mobil station in the Bronx. Sometimes I’d just con the guy on the pumps into giving me $10 and sign a ticket for $20 worth of gas and oil. I wore that Mobil card thin with the scam. I blew it all on the broads, naturally. At first I operated on the premise that Mobil was underwriting my pleasures, so what the hell?
The envelope was stuffed fuller than a Christmas goose with charge receipts. I looked at the total due and briefly contemplated entering the priesthood, for I realized Mobil expected Dad to pay the bill. It hadn’t occurred to me that Dad would be the patsy in the game. I threw the bill into the wastebasket. A second notice mailed two weeks later also went into the trash. I thought about facing up to Dad and confessing, but I didn’t have the courage. I knew he’d find out, sooner or later, but I decided someone other than me would have to tell him.
Or a check swindler. I shook off the spell. The idea was too ludicrous, too ridiculous to consider. Challenging, yes, but foolish. Then I was at Forty-second and Park Avenue and the Pan American World Airways Building loomed over me. I looked up at the soaring office building, and I didn’t see a structure of steel, stone and glass. I saw a mountain to be climbed. The executives of the famed carrier were unaware of the fact, but then and there Pan Am acquired its most costly jet jockey. And one who couldn’t fly, at that.