Son of a Grifter

Son of a Grifter : The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America

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In 1998 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters, an Oedipal team of scam artists who left a trail of blood, lies, and larceny from coast to coast. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her twenty-three-year-old son Kenny.But the most chilling story of all was never told - until now. Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived forty years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away.As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then - with Kent's painful collusion - snare what Sante called "my millionaire." When she married seemingly respectable real-estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell.For the next two decades Kent's mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behavior, laying waste to each other and anyone who got in the way. Kent, their would-be recruit, was privy to the family business - torching houses, defrauding friends, crashing White House parties, "shopping" for trunkloads of fur coats - and Sante's self-serving style of adultery. When Kent's half-brother, Kenny was born, Kent was twelve years old - old enough to know that he was his younger sibling's only protector. Kent tried desperately to save Kenny from his mother's sinister bidding. His failure haunts him to this day.
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  • Hardback | 410 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 43.2mm | 793.8g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • facsimiles, , portraits
  • 0060188650
  • 9780060188658

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