Stanley Clifford WeymanStanley Clifford Weyman (1890-1960), was an Americann multiple impostor who impersonated public officials, including Secretary of State and various military officers.
Weyman was born Stanley Jacob Weinberg in 1890 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents could not afford college tuition. He worked mainly in nondescript jobs but in occasion ventured to become somebody in the higher social ladder.
Weyman was released the second time in 1915. He became Lt Commander Ethan Allen Weinberg, consul general for Romania. He inspected USS Wyoming and invited everyone to a dinner in Astor Hotel Advance publicity alerted FBI and federal agents arrested him at the party. He was heard to complain that they should have waited until dessert. He got a year in jail.
In 1917 he took the mantle of Royal St Cyr, a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. He was arrested when he was in an inspection tour in Brooklyn armory. Suspicious military tailor had alerted the police.
In 1921 he noticed Princess Fatima of Afghanistan who was visiting US and trying to get an official recognition. US State Department mainly ignored her. Weyman visited her as State Department Naval Liaison Officer, apologized for oversight and promised to arrange an appointment with the president. He managed to convince Princess to give him $10.000 for "presents" to State Department officials. He used the money for a private railway carriage to Washington DC and an opulent hotel room in Willard Hotel for the princess and his entourage.
Weyman proceeded to visit the State Department, dropped names of prominent senators and succeeded in getting the appointment, first to Secretary of State Evans Hughes. President Warren G. Harding received Princess Fatima in July 26 1921. Weyman's minor mistakes in the protocol aroused some suspicion but when press released his picture alongside the other dignitaries, the jig was up. He was indicted for impersonating a naval officer and sentenced for two years in jail.
In one case Evening Graphic newspaper called for Weyman to get an interview with the visiting Queen Marie of Romania. He gained admittance as the Secretary of State. The paper got its interview.
In 1926 Weyman appeared in Rudolph Valentino's funeral and attached himself to his grieving lover Pola Negri as a personal physician. He issued regular press releases on her condition and established a faith-healing clinic in Valentino's house. Pola Negri did not condemn him after he was exposed.
During World War Two Weyman was sentenced for seven years in prison for offering advice to draft dodgers. He told them to feign various medical conditions.
In 1948 Weyman made up credentials to become a journalist for United Nations at Lake Success. He got acquainted with delegates Warren Austin and Andrei Gromyko. His comeuppance came when Thai delegation invited him to become their press officer with full diplomatic accreditation. Weyman contacted State Department and asked whether it would affect her US citizenship. They already knew him all too well and exposed him.
In August 1960, Weyman was fatally shot when he tried to stop a robbery in a New York hotel where he was working as a night porter.