Main content

The Fraud and the Missing Boy

Charlie Parker was the private investigator who first spotted that serial con-artist Frédéric Bourdin was impersonating missing American schoolboy Nicholas Barclay

In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went missing in Texas. Several years later, he apparently resurfaced in Spain, and he was reunited with his family. But all was not as it seemed. Private investigator Charlie Parker knew he had an imposter on his hands.

John grew up in a Protestant stronghold throughout the Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. When his father died, he found out that his mother wasn't dead like he’d been led to believe. She was alive and Catholic – a religion he was brought up to despise.

Image: Nicholas Barclay Credit: Courtesy of Barclay Family

Available now

53 minutes