Tuesday, November 08, 2005

International man of mystery?

The Times is reporting on the unusual case of the man who has lived for 22 years as the Earl of Buckingham, a title which became extinct in 1687. In 1983 the man, whose real name is still not known, assumed the false identity of Christopher Edward, Earl of Buckingham. Curiously, despite his elaborate charade, he seems to have led an unremarkable life working as a IT security consultant for a Swiss insurance firm since 2001. The man faces jail today for fraudulently obtaining a passport, but still refuses to reveal his true identity.

Update: He was sent down for 21 months...