BROADCAST DATE : Jan 20, 2012

The Lies People Tell

You can fool all of the people some of the time -- but eventually, the truth comes out.

It's one of the toughest jobs for journalists: When to believe and when to suspect a con artist. After all, just because someone has a strange tale to tell it doesn't mean they are lying. There have been some wild stories spun on the fifth estate over the years. Stories too bizarre to be true -- and they weren't.

"The Lies People Tell" recounts what happened in three cases where people bluffed their way to fame, and then were caught in their own deceit.

The "Bush Boys" claimed they were raised in the B.C. wilderness by mysterious parents they called "Mary" and "Joseph" and lived on nuts and berries in total isolation. Their true story was finally revealed by Gillian Findlay, but what happened after our cameras went away?

In another story we meet a woman who says she is a spousal abuse survivor who brings promises of love and romance to lonely, elderly men. We discover that her husbands have an unfortunate habit of winding up sick or dead. Linden MacIntyre reveals the truth about the "Black Widow" and her chilling history of marrying and burying.

And a mysterious figure with a strange accent walks into a Canadian hospital saying he has absolutely no idea who he is or where he came from. He becomes "Mr. Nobody." But as we learn, he'd really been somebody in the past.