The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life
Narrated by Karen White / 8 hours 1 minute
A frank and intimate portrait of a charismatic,larger-than-life underworld figure, as told by the daughter who nearly followedin his footsteps
“Do unto others before they do unto you,” John Vogel used toadvise his daughter, Jennifer. By his account, the world was a crooked place,and one had to be crooked in order to survive. A lifelong criminal, John robbedbanks, burned down buildings, scammed investors, plotted murder, andsingle-handedly counterfeited more than $20 million. He also wrote a novel, inventeda “jean stretcher,” baked lemon meringue pies, and arranged for ten-year-oldJennifer to see Rocky in an emptytheater on Christmas Eve. In his reckless pursuit of the American Dream, hecould be genuinely good. When it came time to pass his phony bills, he targetedWalmart for political reasons.
In 1995, following John’s arrest in what turned out to bethe fourth-largest seizure of counterfeit bills in US history, he managed toslip away, leaving his now grown daughter to wonder what had become of him.Framed around the six months Jennifer’s father ran from the law, Flim-FlamMan vividly chronicles the police chase—stakeouts, lie detector tests, evena segment on Unsolved Mysteries.In describing her tumultuous life with John Vogel, Jennifer deftly examines themessy, painful, and almost inescapable inheritance one generation bequeaths tothe next.