Loved Pain & Gain? Try these other insane true stories

It is impossible to overstate how entertaining and authentic this film is
It is impossible to overstate how entertaining and authentic this film is

I watched Pain & Gain – the wild, ridiculous true story of juicers who almost got away with using massive fraud, kidnapping, murder, and attempted murder to take over the assets of rich targets in 90s Miami – over the weekend. Not only was I blown away by how entertaining, realistic, and engaging the film was, I was also surprised that it was actually true.

Here are a few more absolutely insane real life capers I’ve read of over the years, none of which have yet been made into a movie, but all of which are entertaining reads from start to finish:

‘I am a predator’ – ruin follows him everywhere – SF Gate

Kaushal Niroula figured out that the old "Nigerian Prince" email scam is surprisingly effective if you change "Nigerian" to "Nepalese" and try it on people face-to-face
Kaushal Niroula figured out that the old “Nigerian Prince” email scam is surprisingly effective if you change “Nigerian” to “Nepalese” and try it on people face-to-face

Con artist loverboy posing as Nepalese prince bilks victims out of millions, then attempts to take over man’s assets after killing him. The man’s body has never been found.

Interestingly, someone seems to have written a book about this case, though the fact that the author claims to be a bestseller despite an amateurish website and a Yahoo email address may indicate that this itself is another scam. That same person also has a few updates to the case, including someone who was falsely imprisoned in Mexico for a decade under fraudulent charges. For those of you who follow literature, this is essentially The Count of Monte Cristo in real life.

Dead Man’s Float – New York Magazine

Seth Tobias' widow, accompanied by a date who apparently doesn't pay attention to the news or use the Internet
Seth Tobias’ widow, accompanied by a date who apparently doesn’t pay attention to the news or use the Internet

Where to begin with this one? I’ll let a quote from the article be your introduction:

Before Seth Tobias wound up dead in his pool; before the accusations surfaced that his wife was a thrice-divorced pill-popper and cocaine user who drugged Seth and killed him for his money; before the claims that Seth had led a secret life in which he drank too much, snorted a boatload of coke, and liked to pick up male hustlers and strippers, including one named Tiger; before Seth’s brothers filed suit in Palm Beach to block Phyllis from getting her hands on Seth’s estimated $25 million estate; and certainly before I found myself face-to-face with the main source of all the dirt—a 300-pound … con man and Internet psychic with a long criminal history named Billy Ash who claims to have been the couple’s personal assistant and may well have fabricated all or part of his claims regarding Seth and Phyllis because he’s a proven liar and self-serving attention seeker … Before all of that, Seth Tobias was known to the world, to the extent he was known at all, as an upright cable-TV talking head and multimillionaire hedge-fund manager. But that’s getting ahead of the story. Let’s just start at the beginning.

Did I mention Tobias’ widow is still making headlines? She’s the woman who infamously flipped off Joakim Noah as he exited the court at a Heat – Bulls game.

Travels in the New Psychedelic Bazaar – New York Magazine

Apparently some people find reality so oppressive they're willing to kill themselves in the effort to escape it at any cost
Apparently some people find reality so oppressive they’re willing to kill themselves in the effort to escape it at any cost

Unlike the previous 2 stories, this one follows a practice/scene – experimental (as in people literally mixing up their own concoctions from base ingredients, trying them, and comparing notes) recreational drugs – as opposed to a particular person. The following excerpt sets the tone for what to expect:

a man at a Tampa nightclub named Rat Soap fall into a bath-salts-induced seizure—clubbers tried to save him by putting a Valium in his mouth and wrapping him in plastic, but he died.

There’s also the not-so-subtle jab of John McAfee being referred to as “the founder of McAfee Virus” (emphasis mine). I couldn’t agree more on that last part.

Author: jdrch

ISTJ, Rice Owl, UF Gator, mechanical engineer. STEM, sports, music, movies, humor. Account mine only & unaffiliated.

2 thoughts on “Loved Pain & Gain? Try these other insane true stories”

  1. Hi there! Hey thanks for your recent post… I’m Tyson Wrensch, the Co-Author of “Until Someone Gets Hurt”, the book you referred to regarding the story of Nepalese Prince/con man, Kaushal Niroula. Yea, I know we need to work on the website… no hurt feelings there. But we’ve been very focused on a fairly strong book tour in the West. I Co-authored the book because I was one of his victims and one of the three people who helped link these guys to the murder… ending a decade long crime spree stealing millions of dollars. Also, I’m happy to report that the show we filmed this summer on this very story will air in about a week on the Discovery ID channel (DIrecTV ch 285). “Forbidden” will premiere on October 10th at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. The episode is called “Prince of Darkness” and the ads will begin running regularly starting this Friday. You can find the various ways to get the book and read excerpts at: UntilSomeoneGetsHurt.com. Even California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, said this story, “…rivals any Hollywood movie.” The Author, Sherrie Lueder, has another book called “He Killed our Janny” which is still listed in Amazon and Kobo in the “Best Seller” category domestically and internationally for True Crime, ranking today at #46 on Amazon. Reading Until Someone Gets Hurt will definitely take you into the minds of these sociopaths and murderers and we certainly hope the message of following your gut and steering clear of people like this at the first red flag will make everyone’s lives a little easier… and a little longer.

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