I didn’t know where else to put this bit of bridge trivia brought by my Google Alert–so I’m putting it here under my personal viewpoint section–Nonagenarian Notions. Advice from an un-wealthy old lady to her much younger bridge playing sisters who may be in danger.
Here’s how that Google Alert opens: “They are everywhere – everywhere there is a retirement community with wealthy middle-aged women who spend the day playing bridge at the country club.”
Who’s they? Predatory men targeting rich widows or divorcees that’s who. They move into upscale suburbs, join the country club and then play bridge. A likely lady is targeted and he makes his move–typically “a slightly younger man, who is handsome and knows all the right things to say – manners and intelligence . . . and he loves to play bridge . . ” Who could ask for anything more? Everybody wants an extra fourth for bridge, right?
Over time there’s a romance, a courtship, a small wedding planned at that same country club. And then, just before the wedding the con artist disappears with his fiancee’s fortune. Besotted, she’s given him access to her various bank accounts.
I’ve never heard this scenario before despite years of indulging in my secret vice of watching those dramas on the LIFE and LMN TV channels. Almost daily, they feature skullduggery and trusting victims. Other people try to beat the contestants on quiz shows, I like to see how quickly I identify the “bad” guy or girl–the con artist. These days I can often spot the villain the first time I see him/her on screen before the plotline is even begun.
Never have seen a plot line that involved a bridge club. But according to this story at
http://private-investigator.ezinemark.com/investigators-sleuthing-over-fake-individuals-7d3657ac4409.html it happens often enough to be an identifiable scenario by private investigators and such. Only reason the stories doesn’t go public is the victim is too embarrassed. So readers–be forewarned!
Meanwhile, I think I’ll send the article into those LIFE and LMN producers and see if they’ll commission a script about dangers in country club bridge. That’s one way of getting a little PR on TV for bridge. Just think of what that murder at the bridge table in 1929 did for the growth of bridge back then! Brought it front page newspaper headlines.
Come to think of it, how come all these women give access to their bank accounts BEFORE they get married? I thought bridge players were supposed to be smart.