Working for a writing service can be exciting at times. The other night I received an order that had to be finished within two hours. Normally I have more time than that, and writing quickly is not my greatest strength, but my bosses asked me to do it and told me that the client was desperate. He had said the magic words: “write my paper”. I couldn’t say no. I accepted the order.
Thankfully, it was an easy order. I had to write four pages about a person who had achieved notoriety. If I had to write something about technical, or that required a great deal of research, I am not sure that I would have been able to do it in time. Luckily, I already had someone in mind.
Ferdinand Waldo Demara, Jr., otherwise known as The Great Imposter, was a man born in 1921 in Massachusetts. He ran away from home when he was sixteen, and joined a monastery before signing up in the military during World War II.
Demara’s first impersonation was stealing an identify of a friend in the Army and going AWOL. Eventually he would enlist in the Navy, but grew dissatisfied and faked his own suicide. He then worked for several years before the FBI found him and he was imprisoned for eighteen months for desertion.
After his release he became acquainted with a doctor, a trauma surgeon, and this led to his most famous impersonation, and the reason that I remembered reading about him and used him as the example for the paper.
Demarastole the identity of the trauma surgeon he had met, and treated patients aboard the HMCS Cayuga, a destroyer in the Canadian Navy. He treated patients, including performing surgeries, and no one had any idea that he was not who he pretended to be. The pinnacle of his impersonation came when the Cayuga took on sixteen badly wounded personnel, and major surgery would be required to save their lives. Demara was the only “surgeon” on board at the time.
Demara quickly read a surgical textbook, and performed several major surgeries, including a major chest operation. He read the book while the injured were already on the ship and being prepped for surgery. It is amazing to me that he was able to absorb so much information so quickly, and put it into practice successfully.
Unfortunately for Demara, his success was his undoing. News of his heroics made the news, and the mother of the surgeon whose identity Demara had stolen read about it in the newspaper and alerted the authorities. The commander of the Cuyaga could not believe that Demara was not an actual surgeon, and the Canadian Navy declined to press charges.
Demara attempted to resurrect his impersonation career, but his exploits had received so much attention that he was recognized by someone before too long. He had done his “job” too well, and the success of his illegal activities prevented him from continuing to commit more. Demara, while not as infamous as others in history, is still a fascinating character and I am happy that I remembered reading about him. One of the benefits of working for a writing service is that the things that I read might someday be of use when someone says “write my paper!”.