Con http://nhpr.org en The Long Con http://nhpr.org/post/long-con <p>We can&rsquo;t say with any authority when the first con artist found his mark. But we can trace the term &ldquo;confidence man&rdquo; to an article in&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Herald"><em>T<em>he</em> New York Herald</em> </a>in 1849. The<em> Herald </em>reporter urged citizens to stop by the city&rsquo;s notorious tombs and peer at the suspect known as Samuel Williams. Many came to peer at the flim-flam man who described his effect on his marks as &ldquo;putting them to sleep.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;The willingness to be duped, is of course, the genius of the con. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:54:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2483 at http://nhpr.org The Long Con