The Badger Game


Dateline NBC’s To Catch a Predator franchise has become one of my guilty pleasures.   They should have a channel where the programming is all about luring  perverts into a house and getting them on camera.  They should team it up with Law & Order, NBC’s only other bankable cash cow.  They could get rid of CNBC and show nothing but Law & Order reruns in all incarnations alternating between Dateline’s various online stings.

On the other hand, I’m also a fan of certain criminals.  Specifically, I like the grifters.  This probably goes back toThe Rockford Files, but I love me some con games.  Anything with Ricky Jay, I’m there.  Especially if it is written by David Mamet.

These worlds collided with a con so fantastic in its conception, yet so simple it has been right here in front of us.   Two grifters started their own To Catch a Predator deal and fleeced the pervs out of their money.  Fucking brilliant!
Banking on the fact that sexual relations with minors is a felony crime, often resulting in lengthy prison terms, the couple would rob the men — explaining that if they did not do what was asked, they would turn the predator’s photograph or video in to authorities along with a transcript of the Internet conversation.

If that wasn’t persuasive enough, Mr. Barnett and up to seven possible accomplices were waiting with baseball bats.



3 Responses to “The Badger Game”

  1. peptodismal Says:

    And you ran this above the poat below?

  2. Katherine Coble Says:

    Like you I’m completely enamoured of heist movies. (Notable exception: Ocean’s 12)Have you ever seen Foolproof with Ryan Reynolds? That’s actually a pretty good entry in the heist/con genre.

  3. Sarcastro Says:

    No, but I will check it out.

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