The story of Joseph Ã¢ÂÂYellow KidÃ¢ÂÂ Weil, a man who couldÃ¢ÂÂand often didÃ¢ÂÂpull off scams to outshine The Sting.
In his long career as a confidence man, Joseph Ã¢ÂÂYellow KidÃ¢ÂÂ Weil swindled the public of more than eight million dollars and established the reputation for robbery and trickery. Always beating the police at their own game, Ã¢ÂÂYellow KidÃ¢ÂÂ used phony oil deals, women, fixed races, and an endless list of other tricks to best an increasingly gullible public. One day, he was Dr. Henri Reuel, a noted geologist who traveled around and told his hosts that he was a representative for a big oil companyÃ¢ÂÂall the while draining them of the cash they gave him to Ã¢ÂÂinvest in fuel.Ã¢ÂÂ The next day, he was director of the Elysium Development Company, promising land to innocent believers while robbing them in recording and abstract fees. Or he was a chemist par excellence who had discovered how to copy dollar bills; promising to increase your fortune, he would multiply your billsÃ¢ÂÂthen take the booty once the police arrived.
Originally published in 1948, here is WeilÃ¢ÂÂs true and amazing story, with a smart and witty Afterword by none other than Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow, who profiled Ã¢ÂÂYellow KidÃ¢ÂÂ for The Reporter in 1956. It is undeniable proof that Ã¢ÂÂYellow KidÃ¢ÂÂ was the con man par excellenceÃ¢ÂÂthe virtuoso scam artist, bar none.
About: The personal story of Joseph 'Yellow Kid' Weil, originally published in 1948, recounts his dealings as a confidence man who tricked the public out of more than eight million dollars through bogus oil deals, fixed races, phony investment opportunities, counterfeiting schemes, and more.
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