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Deception And 'The Devil And Sherlock Holmes'

David Grann spent years traveling around the world, documenting true stories of obsession, deception, and just plain mystery. He chronicles the stories he collected in his book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes.

Grann's tales range from the suspicious death of an Arthur Conan Doyle scholar, Richard Lancelyn Green, to the story of an international impostor who somehow convinced an American family he was their missing son.

Tell us: Have you ever deliberately misrepresented yourself, or just let someone believe something about you that wasn't quite the whole truth? Host Neal Conan admits he used to claim Conan Doyle as a distant relative. What's your story?

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