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Writer Evan Ratliff Tried To Vanish: Here’s What Happened

I had intended to flee in broad daylight, but when you are going on the lam, there are a surprising number of last-minute errands to run. This morning, I picked up a set of professionally designed business cards for my fake company under my fake name, James Donald Gatz. I drove to a Best Buy, where I bought two prepaid cell phones with cash and then put a USB cord on my credit card — an arbitrary dollar amount I hoped would confuse investigators, who would scan my bill and wonder what gadgetry I had purchased.

I can’t remember which podcast I was listening to that mentioned this article but I’m glad I read it. This would be a hell of an assignment to get.

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