Identity Theft Ordeal: Journalist's Identity Stolen by Oregon Killer


Michael Finkel was in the grip of despair in February 2002, fired from his job at The New York Times Magazine for writing a story about slavery in West Africa based on a composite character he created.

Little did Finkel know that his life was again about to change because of Christian Longo, one of the most-wanted fugitives in the United States after killing his wife and three young children on the Oregon Coast. Longo was tracked down that January in Mexico, where he was arrested and returned to Oregon.

While in Mexico, Longo, who often had read Finkel's stories, assumed the former journalist's identity. The real Finkel heard about the identity theft when a reporter called to interview him. Finkel quickly sensed that exploring this bizarre coincidence might salvage his career. Shortly after Longo's capture, Finkel asked to meet with the accused murderer, now on death row at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. State Government - StatesmanJournal.com

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