The true life inspiration for this book is a con man still very much active in the United States, Gregg Scott Luce; although, the proverbial troops are moving in for the kill.
After lying dormant for 12 months, Luce recently surfaced in Santa Monica, CA, with a new scam. He is nearly unrecognizable as he now appears, so dramatically has he physically altered his appearance. The Brooks Brothers suits and button down reserve have been replaced with a bizarre 'retired rock star' look. A video montage of Luce's latest dealings is linked below.
Caption to the video is as follows:
Con man Greg Scott Luce debunks himself. In his own words. Those not yet convinced that truth truly is stranger than fiction have not had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Gregg Luce. Taking a page from Christopher Rocancourt's book, the recently apprehended Rockefeller impersonator, Luce holds himself out as related to Time-Life founder, Henry Luce, in an effort to instill trust and open checkbooks. There is no relationship. Have a laugh or three and watch a con man work the crowd, all the while on the slippery slope to madness. (Note: This is not staged. This guy is really, truly presenting himself to the public as depicted in these clips.)
Virtual Vice Presents: Gregg S. Luce - Caging of a Con Man 9 Minute Teaser
Virtual Vice Presents: Gregg S. Luce - Caging of a Con Man 30 Minute Full Montage
Caging of a Con Man - Gregg Scott Luce
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