Abby Ellin wrote “Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married”

Episode 184 – Abby Ellin wrote “Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married”

Abby Ellin is an American author and journalist. The author of two books, including Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married, she writes regularly for The New York Times, and has contributed to Time, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast, among other publications.

Ellin grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and attended Brookline High School. She holds a BS in Communications from Ithaca College, an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Abby Ellin on writing Duped

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married was published in January 2019. Based on her relationship with a man she identifies as The Commander, an ex–Navy Seal who falsely claimed to be the high-level CIA operative mastermind, the book “turns her heartache into a riveting memoir that's also an insightful investigation into the nature of emotional con artists.” The book expanded on “The Drama of Deception,” a cover story Ellin wrote for Psychology Today in 2015.

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