Nicholas Barclay Went Missing, Then an Imposter Took His Place

After Nicholas Barclay went missing for nearly 3 years, the family was elated to hear that their son had been found safe in Spain, but the person they met halfway across the world was not their son, it was a con man. This week, Savannah explores the case of Nicholas Barclay, who has yet to be found to this day. A French man named Frédéric Pierre Bourdin lied his way into the Barclay home pretending to be their long-lost son, and even pretended to be other lost children after he had already been found out. But if Bourdin isn't Nicholas, what really happened to the young boy? Some believe he was taken by a stranger, but some investigators believe he was actually killed by his own family, allowing for Bourdin's con to go on much longer than necessary Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Go to, click the microphone at the top of the page, and enter code KILLER for a special offer that includes a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale. No long-term commitments or contracts. Join the Firstleaf Wine Club today and you’ll get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 with free shipping. Go to  To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child’s first class go to and use code instinct  Love Killer Instincts but hate the ads? Subscribe to the ad-free version here!: If you have any thoughts on this case or any other case, or just want to get in touch with Savannah about the show, email her at  Watch the podcast on YouTube: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast for free wherever you're listening or by using this link: If you like the show, telling a friend about it would be helpful! You can text, email, Tweet, or send this link to a friend: Follow Savannah on IG: @savannahbrymer  Follow Savannah on Twitter: @savannahbrymer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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