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Jeanne was born to a poor fam­ily in 18th-cen­tury France. Dis­ap­pointed with her lot, and the lifestyle her hus­band of­fered, she de­cided to con her way to riches.

She heard that a jew­eller was try­ing to sell an di­a­mond neck­lace to King Louis XVI for his queen, Marie An­toinette. But he was re­fus­ing to buy it. So Jeanne saw an op­por­tu­nity. She took a gigolo, Re­taux de Vil­lette, as her lover. She then be­came the mis­tress of Car­di­nal Prince Louis de Ro­han, who wanted des­per­ately to be­friend Marie An­toinette. Jeanne got Re­taux to forge let­ters from An­toinette to the car­di­nal, claim­ing she and Jeanne were friends, and ask­ing if he would lend her cash to buy the neck­lace.

Jeanne set up a meet­ing be­tween the car­di­nal and the “queen”, played by a looka­like pros­ti­tute. The car­di­nal was fooled and went to buy the neck­lace, giv­ing it to Jeanne to pass on.

Jeanne fled, but was even­tu­ally ar­rested. She later es­caped from pri­son and scam­pered to Bri­tain. At the ripe age of 87, “Di­a­mond” Doris Payne is now known as the Granny Gem Thief, but was once dubbed Amer­ica’s most suc­cess­ful jewel rob­ber.

Doris, who was raised in West Vir­ginia and Ohio, would dress in her finest clothes, go to a jew­ellery store and ask staff to show her a num­ber of di­a­mond rings. She would try to con­fuse them

about how many they had taken out to show her, and slip one into her hand­bag. She would then ask to see that ring, caus­ing a panic when they couldn’t lo­cate it. Doris would then come to the res­cue by ap­par­ently find­ing it. Hav­ing earned the staff’s trust, she would then walk out un­sus­pected, hav­ing swiped an­other ring dur­ing the com­mo­tion. One of her In the 18th ce Liecht­en­stein, wa Europe. She used an Born to a home­less young age. She came up wealthy woman and turn u She would tell the owner had to be kept in the best ro But the suit­case ac­tu­ally c creep out of the bag at night He would then hide, be­fore big­gest hauls was in Monte Carlo in the 70s, when she stole a £283,OOO, 10-carat di­a­mond ring from Cartier, af­ter be­ing in­spired by the novel To Catch a Thief.

Doris was sen­tenced to three years, but claims au­thor­i­ties never found the ring.

She said in a 2014 film: “I looked at that ring and saw nine ze­ros. The first thing I said to my­self was, ‘You should not have done this’.”

She has been ar­rested at least 22 times – once in 2015 on sus­pi­cion of steal­ing di­a­mond ear­rings while on pa­role hand­ful of times. Autho 20 iden­ti­ties with nine d

She said in 2015: “Th that I went to steal that went to do. I don’t have steal­ing jew­ellery. I regr

Last year, she vowed out­law, af­ter plead­ing g glam­orous crime of ste items from a Wal­mart s

TRICKSTER Saint-remy While many con women have tar­geted the wealthy or priv­i­leged, Juli­ette D’souza sought out much more vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims.

Over a pe­riod of 12 years, the fraud­ster, now 63, con­vinced peo­ple in North Lon­don that she was a shamanic healer.

She told vic­tims she could cure ter­mi­nal ill­nesses, help dis­abled chil­dren and en­able women to con­ceive if they sent her money.

She said the cash was a “sac­ri­fice” used as a spir­i­tual of­fer­ing, and would be hung off a sa­cred tree in the Ama­zo­nian rain­for­est. Shamans would then per­form rit­u­als around the tree and their prob­lems would be solved, she told her vic­tims.

But in 2014, a court heard how she had raked in over £1mil­lion, and spent money on lux­ury flats in Hamp­stead, hol­i­days, de­signer hand­bags, clothes and watches.

She was con­victed of 23 counts of ob­tain­ing prop­erty by de­cep­tion and fraud. Sen­tenc­ing her to 10 years in jail, the judge said: “It seems to me that you have wrecked the lives of a num­ber of vic­tims and you have done it out of pure greed.” PREYED ON ILL Juli­ette D’souza CA­PER Movie poster CON Doris Payne PLOT Man would hide in suit­case

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