Friday, July 24, 2009

The Case of Ludger Aucoin

This squib appeared in the October 1964 issue of Police Gazette, and it's a great big mystery, even bigger than Diddie Wa Diddie.

According to Boxrec, the real name of 1920s boxer Young Donahue is Phil Powers, not Ludger Aucoin. A Google search for Mr. Aucoin only brings up references to a child who was born on March 3, 1910 and died on October 7, 1910. Probably safe to say this is not our man.

Police Gazette wasn't exactly renowned for its accuracy or fact-checking, but it seems like a really weird thing to make up. If you're going to make up fake news, can't you do any better than "old boxer nobody remembers is a now a bartender in Maine"? And where'd they pull the name "Ludger Aucoin" out of?

What I wonder is, was this guy some sort of con man, using the identity of a dead infant (which, as the Loompanics books teach, is the best way to do it) and telling people that he used to be the boxer Young Donahue, as part of some scam?

- - JSH

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