The last performance of ‘The Great Impostor’

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By Bartee Haile

A Texas prison inmate thumbing through a dogeared copy of the Jan. 13, 1952 issue of Life let out a whoop when he suddenly spotted a familiar face.

A guard appeared and asked, “What’s all the ruckus?” The smiling convict proudly presented his prize, an article entitled “The Master Impostor.” Beneath the bold headline was a photograph of a heavy-set man in his thirties.

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