ICYMI: GQ Magazine Tells the Story of the ‘Curious (WeHo) Con Who Wouldn’t Die’

Mark Olmsted

Mark Olmsted, who had been diagnosed with HIV in the early 1980s, was living on Willoughby Avenue in West Hollywood in 2003. That’s when he began “a scheme to live out his last years in style—swiping credit cards, bilking insurance companies, even faking his own death,” chronicled in a recent story in GQ magazine that one can read online here.

“What’s the problem with some forgery, fraud, and crystal meth if you’ll soon be gone? A better question might have been: What the hell happens if you survive?” asks the author, Nathaniel Penn

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Was he really HIV positive? Is the article saying, that the devastation of him being Positive, played a roll in him turning to criminal behavior? I’m a bit confused.


Just FYI, it’s ROLE not roll.

mike mccoy
mike mccoy

Okay. Thank you for pointing that out . Lol