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Brady is accused of calling people and posing as a doctor. He would then convinced them to give themselves a rectal examination while he was on the telephone.

Brady admitted that he would pick names out randomly from the telephone book, ask them questions about their digestive system, and then give them instructions on performing the rectal examination.


Reminds me of this earlier case:

In 2004, Ogborn, then an 18-year-old McDonald’s employee, was humiliated and forced to strip and then perform a sexual act in the back office during her workday.

Summers told Ogborn that the officer on the phone had their store manager on the other line and that he had described her and accused her of stealing a purse from a customer.

“I honestly thought he was a police officer and what I was doing was the right thing,” Summers said. “I thought I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.”


(Pitying but lurid details abound in the article. Ick.)

It’s the same way con men work: they convince you that they know something you don’t know, or are an Authority, meaning that they are the ones designated by the rest to handle the problem.

Then they tell you what you should do — that’s convenient for them.

You might have seen a variant on this in high school. You’re listening to Iron Maiden and some older guy from school is like, “Iron Maiden? That’s so mullet. Why don’t you listen to something newer?” You find out three weeks later than the $15 CD you purchased was his brother’s band and it sucks.

Hipsters, con men, abusers and marketers all fall into this category, and they define our reality more than any other single group.

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