“The Imposter” is a British-American co-production, and is the story of a Frenchman who impersonated a Texas child, Nicholas Barclay, who went missing in 1994. The con might have worked, if not for one Texas investigator. CNN’s Michaela Pereira reports.
Private Investigator Charlie Parker traced the imposter, Frédéric Bourdin, for a decade. He says he was hired by the show “Hard Copy” to go to the initial investigation and that’s where he realized key differences in the man’s eyes and ears from those of Barclay.
“I asked the cameraman to zoom in on his ears. It’s a technique Scotland Yard uses to identify people. The ear is the only part of the human body that doesn’t age. And I knew if I could compare the ears, I could know what I had here. So I got to my office, compared the ears, and I knew instantly I had an imposter.”