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Catch them if you can: The top five con men in pop-culture history

Americans love a good con-man story. They love hearing about attractive criminals -- the charmingly deceptive leading man or intoxicatingly distracting female -- getting away with it, and the loot that provides them with another kind fantasy in the land of the super-rich.

After a brief delay because of weather, on Wednesday, February 27, the Buell Theatre will host the Denver premiere of the Broadway musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can , the biography of Frank Abagnale, the teenage con artist who passed himself off to grown adults as a doctor, lawyer, airline pilot and university professor. In honor of this gripping tale of masks, money and mischief, we put together a list of some of the great con stories that have caught the public eye over the last fifty years.

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Josiah M. Hesse
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