A Con Man Who Brainwashed An Aristocratic Family Out Of Their Fortune

It is hard to see how anyone falls prey to the “Hello I am a Nigerian Prince…” scam or falls into the grasps of a “Help I am an American soldier stuck in…” emails. Especially during the age of the internet, when verification and information are at the tip of our keystrokes. Surely no con man or hucksters are still able to run a game?

Yet this is what the infamous Thierry Tilly did for over 10 years, from 1999 to 2009, he made off with over $5 million due to the gullibility of a certain French aristocrat.

The Vedrines family were enjoying life and living in full aristocratic fashion, lavish parties and the flair of wealth, in their ancestral home in Monflanquin. This all ended abruptly when Tilly infiltrated the family and in their words, they fell prey to his “hypnotic powers.” He was able to play on their paranoia of the outside world and convince them they were at the heart of a plot by the Freemasons. Tilly was able to convince the head of the family Christine de Vedrines, that she was even being betrayed by members of her own family. Thus the family became immensely reclusive and closed themselves behind the doors of their home.

s-ec.bstatic.com

Tilly was able to convince the family they did not need professionals to look after their accounts and estates, he could do it better he said. He sold most of their properties and they never saw any of the proceeds. And drained their offshore accounts, stealing everything he could get his hands on. He claimed it was too dangerous for them to own their big chateau and moved them to Oxford, where they could hide. In Oxford, he was able to convince them to work as cooks or gardeners and yet, he would take most of their earnings.

Accounts state that he was able to gain such a controlling power over the family members by using techniques of psychological abuse, he would lock them in their bedrooms in the dark. This is seen as a brainwashing technique because the victim loses all sense of time, making them completely complacent.

“All my money I gave to him. I couldn’t buy a Mars bar, that was seen as theft from the family.” – Amaury de Vedrines

Eventually, Christine with the help of her cousin was able to smuggle herself back to France and alert the authorities. Tilly is now serving a 10-year prison sentence for extortion, imprisonment, and abuse. The once proud and wealthy Vedrines find themselves completely broke and living in social housing.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • The Biggest Spread Of Plague Was Not Caused By Rats

    New studies have shown that rats have been unfairly accused of being the main culprit of causing the immense spread of plague during the time known as the Black Death. Initially, the rats were believed to have spread the plague so severely during 14th century Central Europe due to them...

    Read More
  • The First Medieval North American City

    Cahokia was a settlement that thrived during the years of A.D. 1050-1200, a city that held a population of 10000 to 20000 people and covered over six square miles. This made it bigger than even London at the time and numerous other European cities. It was located in Mississippi, close...

    Read More
  • Twenty-Two Years Of Poop Removed Surgically From One Man

    Remember that last time you could not go to the toilet? You just sat there in agony, with just nothing coming out? Or that constipated bloated sensation that never goes away, well now think that you have had that feeling for wait for it... 22 whole years. Impossible, right? Yes, one Chinese man has defied...

    Read More
  • Yes, There Was A Black Nazi

    Meet Hans Massaquoi, one of the very rare and few biracial Germans who were born and grew up during the Nazi regime. Though do not be mislead by the photo, he was not actually allowed to join the Nazi Party. This does not really make much sense when you remember...

    Read More
  • Marijuana Farms Are Killing Owls

    In California the great marijuana legalization growing revolution is having some dire consequences to the local ecosystem, notably, it seems to be killing Northern spotted owls! Unfortunately the profitable of the marijuana legalization vote in California has seen the rise of numerous unpermitted private grow sites. These grow sites are...

    Read More
  • Napoleon’s Biggest Loss Was Against A Horde Of Rabbits

    Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French emperor who dominated European and even global affairs for over a decade from 1804 to 1814. Renown for being one of the greatest military commanders ever to rule, his campaigns and victories are still studied around the world today. He won the vast majority of his battles, which means his...

    Read More
  • Surf’s up Or Sled's Up? The Magical Slurpee Waves

    If you happen to be out in Nantucket around Nobadeer beach, then we hope you dressed up warm. The air is currently so cold that the waves have been frozen! The well-documented cold that has come down on the U.S. East Coast has been freezing everyone, but in Massachusetts, it...

    Read More