A few months ago, I wrote a couple of times about Barry H. Landau, the self-styled “America’s Presidential Historian.” He was an acquaintance of several presidents, first ladies, and many other public figures. However, Landau and his reported accomplice, Jason Savedoff, are now accused of stealing thousands of rare historical documents worth millions.
You can read my earlier articles at http://goo.gl/Vyueb and at http://goo.gl/Bx6jG.
Jacob Bernstein has published a lengthy article that describes the scams perpetrated by Landau and Savedoff. Bernstein writes, "Landau was a man who hobnobbed with the great and the good, living a life that was all about being at the center of everything. He attended state dinners for George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, posed in photographs with Frank Sinatra, met Oprah Winfrey."
Landau's lifestyle has recently changed. Again quoting Jacob Bernstein, "Holed up in his apartment on West 57th Street with an electronic ankle monitor, he is awaiting trial for allegedly stealing thousands of rare documents from national museums. If true, it’s a crime of unparalleled scope, said by investigators to be the largest seizure of valuable documents in U.S. history, with losses to museums totaling well into the millions."
It is a fascinating story about a man who seemed to have it all, but now has been exposed as a common thief. You can read Bernstein's article in The Daily Beast web site at http://goo.gl/2f43O.
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