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Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet

Filed under: Pranksters, Sociology and Psychology of Pranks, The Big One

Submitted by Emerson Dameron:

American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi examines gurus and gullibility. In the process, he goes undercover as Kumaré, an enlightened spiritual leader from the East who develops a following in the West. His documentary The True Story of a False Prophet premiers in the US this summer. Read more here.

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Espionage and Tampering as Activism?

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Filed under: Creative Activism

Update January 30, 2010: High Jinks to Handcuffs for Landrieu Provocateur, The New York Times

ACORN foe: Phone scheme meant to embarrass senator
by Michael Kunzelman and Brett J. Blackledge
January 29, 2009

New Orleans (AP) — A conservative activist accused of trying to tamper with Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s phones said he and three others charged in the incident wanted to investigate complaints that constituents calling her office couldn’t get through.

“On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people understandably have about security in a federal building,” James O’Keefe wrote Friday on the Web site

Landrieu’s spokesman called his explanation “feeble.” (more…)

Mother Impersonator Claims Impersonation

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Filed under: Fraud and Deception, Truth that's Stranger than Fiction

Jailed Man Says He Didn’t Dress Up as Dead Mother
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June 20, 2009

1105103-200New York (AP) — A man accused of dressing up as his dead mother to collect her Social Security and rent subsidies is blaming the crime on an impersonator.

Thomas Prusik-Parkin tells the New York Post in a jailhouse interview that the person captured on security cameras dressed in a wig and his mom’s clothing wasn’t him.

The paper says that during the 40-minute interview at Riker’s Island, the 49-year-old also claimed his mother was once a B-movie star who dated Gene Kelly, and offered a rambling discourse on the psyche of Norman Bates, the cross-dressing killer in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

Prusik-Parkin and an alleged accomplice are awaiting trial on larceny and fraud charges.

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