Self-Styled: Chasing Dr. Robert Vernon Spears

Self-Styled: Chasing Dr. Robert Vernon Spears

by Alan C. Logan


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In the early hours of November 16, 1959, a commercial airliner mysteriously plunges into the Gulf of Mexico and quickly becomes one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history. Presumed dead in the wreckage of Flight 967, ticketed passenger Dr. Robert Vernon Spears is alive and well, speeding west on a southern highway, seizing the chance to leave his past behind—a past that defies all belief.

But when Dr. Spears' old friend is also discovered missing, a more sinister plot begins to emerge.

In the months that follow, the nation is spellbound by bizarre revelations of substituted passengers, hypnosis, deception, and hidden identities—dramatized across the headlines through a soap-opera rivalry between the wives of the two missing men. Each new twist is stranger than the last, as a larger web of political bribery, police corruption, crime, and deception is slowly uncovered. In a feature 1960 cover story, Life magazine concluded it was "a case so bizarre that even the most imaginative mystery writer would hesitate to use the plot."

Yet, as incredible as this seemed at the time, it was still only a fraction of a much larger story spanning decades—of imposters, society romance, underground abortion rings, Hollywood connections, forgery, aliases, artful dodgers, and naturopathic quackery—with a cast of characters to match. Each player on a trajectory toward involvement, in one form or another, in the Flight 967 enigma. At the center was one of America's most prolific yet mysterious confidence men—a kind man, a gentleman, and a model husband. In a story that has never been told. Until now.

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ISBN-13: 9780578558349
Publisher: Alan C. Logan
Publication date: 11/16/2019
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Alan C. Logan is an award-winning author, historian and social commentator. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he was educated there through the peak of The Troubles. This cultivated a fine-grained appreciation of the impact of conflict, injustice and inequity on individuals and societies. He graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York, at Purchase. For ten years, he was invited faculty in the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has published extensively in scientific and medical journals and is the co-author of Your Brain on Nature (Harper Collins, 2012) and The Secret Life of Your Microbiome (New Society, 2017). His academic writing has focused on mental health, and more recently, the persistence of falsehoods and pseudoscience in the post-truth world.

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