Case 165

Nicholas Barclay

In 1996, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared after playing basketball with his friends in his home town of San Antonio, Texas. A year went by with no sign of him. Just when his family thought all hope was lost, in October 1997 they received a call from a police officer in the Spanish city of Linares. Nicholas had been found wandering the local streets, alive and well.

A harrowing and unbelievable story soon emerged, involving an international paedophile ring, torture, a homicide investigation, and a troubled family. At the heart of it all was a man named Frederic Bourdin.



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Nicholas Barclay



Frenchman, 24, poses as missing teen – The Monitor

The lost boy – The Age

The Chameleon The New Yorker

The elaborate imposter: Conman, 30, fools family into think he is their missing teenage son – The Mirror UK



The Imposter – A&E Indie Films, Film 4 and Channel 4

Mystery of missing boy Nicholas Barclay and his imposter Frederic Bourdin – 60 Minutes Australia

Frederic Bourdin – The man who changed his identity 500 times – BBC Mundo

Nicholas Barclay interview 1997 – KENS 5 Eyewitness News





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