Frederic Bourdin, nicknamed "the Chameleon", attended the Jean Monnet school in Pau posing as "Francisco Hernandez-Fernandez", a Spanish orphan.
His story was always the same — he only wanted a family and a place to be schooled. In the beginning, his identities were always fictional; Bourdin would spend time creating a name and a back story for each character he assumed. But faced with imprisonment after another one of his stories unraveled in 1997, Bourdin assumed the identity of a missing American boy named Nicholas Barclay.
The Chameleon (2011) - Official Trailer
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZrNkcEg9XAY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
His aliases included Benjamin Kent, Jimmy Morins, Alex Dole, Sladjan Raskovic, Arnaud Orions, Giovanni Petrullo, and Michelangelo Martini. News reports claimed that he had even impersonated a tiger tamer and a priest, but, in truth, he had nearly always played a similar character: an abused or abandoned child.
I asked if he had become a new person. For a moment, he fell silent. Then he said, “No, this is who I am.”
he was Frédéric Pierre Bourdin, the illegitimate son of Ghislaine Bourdin, who was eighteen and poor when she gave birth to him, in a suburb of Paris, on June 13, 1974. On government forms, Frédéric’s father is often listed as “X,” meaning that his identity was unknown. But Ghislaine, during an interview at her small house, in a rural area in western France, told me that “X” was a twenty-five-year-old Algerian immigrant named Kaci, whom she had met at a margarine factory where they both worked.
“When confronted with his misconduct the psychopath has enough false sincerity and apparent remorse that he renews hope and trust among his accusers. However, after several repetitions, his convincing show is finally recognized for what it is—a show.”
In the summer of 2008, when I finished researching my story on Bourdin, he had married and had a child. Since then, his wife had another child, and last week he called me excitedly to tell me his wife was pregnant again. “I want a big family,” he said. “We’re not done yet.”
Frédéric Bourdin Partie 1
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pb5brkDqz6U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>