...and then you get a call from the police, saying that a man who had killed his wife and family in Oregon and fled to Mexico had been passing himself off as...Michael Finkel, writer for the New York Times. This is of course like catnip: Finkel had to find out more, and write about it. He now has a book out (True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa and has sold movie rights to Brad Pitt. To say his life has turned around is only to say sooth. The Times has probably not come calling to say "all is forgiven," but he's been featured on NPR and 60 Minutes. In addition, he appears to have developed a very close, slightly weird relationship with Christian Longo, the man who adopted his persona, who he interviewed exhaustively in prison: Longo was the first person Finkel told, when he got engaged.
The story, after that phone call from the Oregon police, is interesting. But the writer in me is just fascinated by what that initial phone call from the cops must have felt like. "Hello, is this Michael Finkel? Mr. Finkel, do you know a man named Christian Longo? Because he seems to know you..."