Date of Birth: 06/13/1974
Place of birth: Nanterre
To live someone else`s life
Bourdin was born June 13, 1974 in Nanterre, Hauts-de-Seine (Nanterre, Hauts-de-Seine), but I was brought up by grandparents in Nantes (Nantes). In the end, he ran away from home and went to Paris (Paris). He never knew his father, who, as they say his mother was married to an Algerian immigrant.
In 1997, 23-year-old Burden said that he - Nicholas Barclay (Nicholas Barclay), disappeared June 13, 1994 a teenager from San Antonio, Texas (San Antonio, Texas). In 1994, this Nicholas was 13 years old, he went to play basketball with friends, and since then it has not been heard. Burden flew to the United States (United States), and although he has had brown eyes and a French accent, he managed to get the family to believe in what he miraculously found their blue-eyed son. Family Burden said that he was able to escape from those who trades in child prostitution. He spent with his family for almost five months, until 6 March 1998goda. In late 1997, a local private investigator who worked with the crew, to shoot a film about Barclay suspected that it is unclean. In February 1998, FBI agents obtained a court order and took from `Nikolasa` fingerprints and a DNA sample, which, of course, have been identified as belonging Bourdenay. In September 1998, in federal court in San Antonio Frederick pleaded guilty to passport fraud and perjury. He received a six years - almost twice more than usual.
When in 2003 Burden returned from the United States, he moved to Grenoble (Grenoble) and began to impersonate Leo Bally (L & # 233; o Balley), 14-year-old French boy who was considered missing since 1996. Again, DNA analysis proved the opposite. In August 2004, the Spanish (Spain) Burden said that he - Ruben Sanchez Espinosa (Ruben Sanchez Espinoza), whose mother died in Madrid (Madrid) in a bomb blast. When the police get to the truth, he was deported to France (France).
In June 2005 Burden pretended to Francisco Hernandez-Fernandez (Francisco Hernandes-Fernandez), the Spanish 15-year-old orphan, and spent a month at the College Jean Monnet (College Jean Monnet) in Pau, France (Pau, France). He claimed that his parents died in a car crash. Bourdin dressed as a teenager, moved as a teenager, baseball cap covered the emerging receding hairline and using depilatory creams to remove hair on the face. And again he was unlucky - June 12 one of the teachers watched a TV program about his exploits and exposed the impostor. September 16 Burden was sentenced to four months in prison for possession and use of the documents in the name of his previous `lichnosti`, Leo points. In an interview with Bourdin he confessed that such a strange way, he was looking for love, affection and attention, which did not receive as a child. He pretended to be an orphan several times.
August 8, 2007 Bourdain married a Frenchwoman named Isabelle (Isabelle), after a year of courting her. They now have three children. According to the newspaper `The Daily Mirror`, Frederic no longer have the desire to pretend to anyone ever. When in 2008 Isabel gave birth to their first child, a girl, Bourdin Contact reviewer `The New Yorker` Gran David (David Grann) and gave him an interview. Gran asked if Bourdain became a new person now because he and the husband and father, to which Frederick replied: `No, this is who I am est`.
In 2010 saw the release of `Hameleon` (The Chameleon) by French director and screenwriter Jean-Paul Salome (Jean-Paul Salom & # 233;), based on when the pretended Nicholas Frederick Barclay. Burden - Fortin (Fortin) in the film - played by a young Canadian actor Marc-Andre Grondin (Marc-Andr & # 233; Grondin). In January 2012 came `Samozvanets` (The Imposter), a documentary on the same subject.