"Woman at the Well"—drama that goes with sessions 4–6.

Mary: I want to tell you about an incredible financial opportunity. “I have a bridge for sale, and for you, half-price, today only. Any takers?”

The most successful con artist in the history of the United States and one of history’s most talented deceivers was the handsome and charismatic George C. Parker.

Parker is best known for his surprising successful attempts to sell landmark items like: Madison Square Garden, the Statue of Liberty, and, you guessed it, the Brooklyn Bridge.

In fact, it is reported that over a period of several years, he sold the Brooklyn Bridge at least twice a week—sometimes for $5,000, one time for $50,000, another time for just $50, what a deal!

Most of the time it was just for whatever he could you to spend, which was pretty much every penny in your pocket. How did he make the sale? He played the role of an over-stressed developer whose health was failing. He just could take it anymore. He showed forged documents that were impressive that showed that he was the bridge’s owner.

Then he’d convince his buyers it was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

They could make a fortune by setting up toll booths on the bridge. Which was all well and good . . . until the police showed up to take them down.

How is it that people could be convinced that the Brooklyn Bridge was for sale? And that the guy …