Tom Castro, the Implausible Imposter


Castro was an enormously fat, out-and-out boor, whose features could hardly be made out; he had somewhat freckled skin, wavy brown hair, heavy-lidded eyes, and his speech was dim or non-existent. […]

On the sixteenth of January 1867 Castro – or Roger Charles Tichborne – announced his presence. He was preceded by his respectful manservant, Ebenezer Bogle. The winter day was bright with sunshine; Lady Tichborne’s eyes were veiled with tears. Bogle threw open wide the window drapes, the light created a mask, and the mother, recognising her prodigal son, drew him into her eager embrace.’


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