Show Notes: Victor Lustig

Tracy Wilson

With their ill-famed jail breaking prisoner, "Count" Victor Lustig (center), two deputies closely guard the "bad man" on arrival at Federal Court for trial on counterfeiting charges. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Today's episode is about a man who sold the Eiffel Tower for scrap. Of course, he did not own the Eiffel Tower, but this was no obstacle. Also no obstacle: the New York City Federal House of Detention.

Our listener mail is from Sabrina and is about Les Filles du Roi.

Episode link: Victor Lustig: Con Man Extraordinaire

For more knowledge: How Con Artists Work

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