From Lying About Being Black, To Faking Cancer, These 10 Women Conned The Entire World

Power? Ambition? Fame? All of the above? These women will show just how easy it is for things to escalate and turn into a scandal.

Posted on: July 05, 2017

From Lying About Being Black, To Faking Cancer, These 10 Women Conned The Entire World

From faking identities to lying about rape, these ten women are living proof that the human mind can be a dark, manipulative place. Some started lying to get financial gain, while others… well, let these stories explain their reasons. Spoiler alert: it might be completely ludicrous. 

JESSICA VEGA

Jessica Vega Impactony

The story of bride-to-be Jessica Vega and her struggle with cancer reached the Times-Herald Record. Thousands felt touch, and she was given everything she needed to have her dream wedding. However, her husband later confessed he thought the doctor’s letter stating she had cancer was untrue and…wouldn’t you guess it? The poor man was correct. 

ROSEMARY CROSSLEY

Rosemary Crossley Skeptic

Talk about being conned like a pro! Rosemary was considered a saint by some people for developing “facilitated communication,” a technique that involves a trained facilitator holding an autistic person’s arm while they type on a keyboard. She was also considered a scam artist due to the huge number of abuse reported by the children when using it, most of them turning out not to be true. A decide that translates an autistic person’s thoughts isn’t real? Shocker, I know!

TAWANA BRAWLEY

Tawana Brawley NPR

In 1985, when Tawana was 15 she was said to be found in a plastic bag after being raped by six white men. After seven months, 6,000 pages of testimony, and 180 witnesses, a grand jury found Brawley’s story to be a lie. Six months after the hoax, Brawley’s boyfriend said that she invented the story to avoid a beating by her mother’s boyfriend after she ran away from home. Liar, liar, your pants end up in trial!

LINDA TAYLOR

Linda Taylor Slate

In the 70s Taylor was known as the Welfare Queen. Why? Because she had 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 social security cards and collected veterans benefits from four fictional dead husbands. Yup, she was quite the busy bee! She was also accused of murdering and kidnapping babies and faking robberies.

RACHEL DOLEZAL

Rachel Dolezal Today

Where do we start with this one? Let’s start with the pros: Rachel proved she had a huge heart when she adopted four black children, asides from raising her two biological ones she already had. However, she hit the news and went viral after faking hate crimes and lying about her ethnicity. She was also the NAACP leader, and a civil rights activist. She now claims to be trans-black and had to change her name. You can imagine why! 

CASEY ANTHONY

Casey Anthony Edition

This woman was partying and living life the first month after her daughter Caylee went missing. She was arrested for child neglect and lied about her daughter being kidnapped by the babysitter. Caylee’s remains were found in a swamp less than a mile away from the Anthony’s home by a meter reader. She’s free to roam the streets, but she’ll be forever know as a scam artist.

JODI ARIAS

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After 27 stab wounds, and excessively overkilling her ex boyfriend, Travis Alexander, Jodi Arias claimed she just “had to do it” as it was self defense. After countless arguments, and her ex trying to separate from her, she had still managed to maintained a sexual relationship with him after the break up. The jury found her self defense claim to be lacking and was labeled a ‘crime of passion’ after she found out Alexander was dating other women.

CASSIE CHADWICK

Cassie Chadwick ElEconomista

Chadwick went to the home of the richest man at the time, Andrew Carnagie and she returned with a promissory note of $2 million, supposedly from Carnagie, claiming he was paying her to keep quiet that she was his illegitimate daughter. After this, she started to collect money and live a life of luxury. Everything came tumbling down for Chadwick in 1904, when Herbert Newton, who had loaned her $190,000, filed a suit against her to recover his money. Upon investigation, they discovered it had all been a scam. Caught ya!

IVA TOGURI D’AQUINO

Iva Toguri D’Aquino Earth Station

The original Tokyo Rose. She worked at a radio that broadcasted programs to demoralize allied troops abroad and their families. Tokyo Rose ceased to be merely a symbol in September 1945 when Iva Toguri D’Aquino, an American-born Japanese disc jockey for a propagandist radio program attempted to return to the United States. Toguri was accused of being the ‘real’ Tokyo Rose, arrested, tried, and became the seventh person in U.S. history to be convicted of treason. Hey, at least she didn’t get the death penalty! 

ANNA ANDERSON

Anna Anderson Planeta Curioso

The mystery of Anastasia Romanov is probably one of the most fascinating in history. This woman claimed to be Anastasia and garnered quite a popular support, however, a private investigator realised she was a Polish-German woman who disappeared in 1920.