Marko and Tam point to this story of a real Special Forces dressing down a fake SF who showed up at a gun show talking bullshit.
That turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. It appears the phony is William Clark. He’s a military impersonator, a convicted check fraudster who once faked his own death, and a weirdo for all seasons.
The I-40 Oklahoma Bridge Collapse
In a bizarre tragedy a tugboat drove a barge into an Oklahoma bridge piling, causing a 580-foot section to collapse, killing 14 people. Clark happened to be on the scene. He impersonated a Green Beret captain and began giving orders in the chaos.
On Tuesday, May 28th, in Van Buren, Ark., the con-man “captain” showed up at a local motel and said he’d been helping with the bridge disaster. He said he needed eight rooms for the night for himself and other workers. He stayed in one of the rooms and put “Do Not Disturb” signs on the others, none of which were ever occupied. The following morning, Clark skipped town owing a $900 bill.
By Wednesday, Clark was in Searcy, Ark., some 230 miles from the bridge disaster scene. Still wearing his “Green Beret” and Army fatigues, he walked into the Truman Baker Dodge dealership and talked the owners into letting him “borrow” the keys to a 1997 red Dodge pickup. He said he needed the vehicle to transport supplies to the rescue workers in Oklahoma.
That was the last they saw of him. Or the truck.
Even more bizarrely, Clark knew that one of the people killed in the accident was a real U.S. Army captain named Andrew Clements. Clark asked to see Clements laptop computer, which he claimed contained confidential information, after it was retrieved from the water.
Jerry Pippin’s William Clark page:
The FBI is investigating a man who called himself an Army captain and looked through a briefcase and laptop computer belonging to a victim of last month’s deadly interstate bridge collapse. The man, wearing fatigues and a beret, showed up within two hours of the Interstate 40 collapse and told the mayor he was in charge. He identified himself as Capt. William Clark.
Mayor Jewell Horne said Wednesday that the man told her Army Capt. Andrew Clements had died in the river and that his briefcase and laptop were in the water. A fisherman found the items the day of the collapse and gave them to a Webbers Falls police officer.
The officer gave the items to Clark, who took them and went through them, the mayor said. He brought the briefcase and computer to city hall later that day and asked the mayor to lock them in a safe. He wanted the key, but Horne said she refused to give it to him. “He kept trying to say that he was in charge,” Horne said. “I finally looked at him and said, ‘No, you’re not. Until the governor declares martial law, you are not in charge in this town.'”
Call to Vladimir Putin
Serial military imposter arrested after traffic stop:
After a 2002 fatal bridge collapse in Oklahoma, Clark had showed up at the scene in combat fatigues and identified himself as an Army captain.
He conducted media interviews and gave orders to FBI agents for 2 1/2 days before getting caught. He served a five-year sentence before being released on probation in September.
A month later, federal officials issued a warrant for Clark. He had violated his probation by making a bizarre call to the Russian Embassy.
Clark told the embassy’s security chief that he was a member of the U.S. Special Forces and was involved in an assassination plot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, police said.