The Imposter – Truth is stranger than fiction

In 1994, a 13-year-old boy disappears in Texas. Three and a half years later, police find him in Spain. What happened to him? Where has he been all this time? Is it really him??? What??

His sister travels to Spain, identifies him, and brings him back home…but instead of a blond-haired, blue-eyed 16-year old, this is really a 23-year old, brown-eyed brunette…who speaks with a French accent. What??

The story unfolds using actors re-creating pivotal moments as well as interviews with the family and the “imposter” himself. It works.

Oh, and the best character in the doc is a private detective named Charlie Parker. He takes a photograph of the imposter’s ears and knows immediately that this isn’t the same boy. Why doesn’t anyone else figure this out? Not the family (are they deluding themselves or covering up a heinous crime), not the FBI (the imposter was granted a pre-9-11 passport based upon nothing but his sister’s identification) and not the local police.

This doc takes you down a fascinating path of weird revelation upon revelation and leaves you with additional questions…

This story was previously made into a movie called The Chameleon. While I may try to find it, I would recommend this documentary over any fictionalized account.

I gave this 4 stars on the ballot. I highly recommend it.

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