Chinese Fugitive Hid… By Becoming a Television Actor?

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As Edgar Allan Poe showed in The Purloined Letter, one of the best places to hide something is by putting it in plain sight — in other words, make it seem like there is nothing suspicious about what you want hidden by leaving it out in the open. 

It seems this even works for a person, too — as Sky News reports, Chinese television actor Zhang Guofeng spent his thirteen years as a fugitive acting on a popular television shows!

Over a dozen years ago Zhang Guofeng was named Ji Siguang and was accused of assaulting a police officer and stealing his gun with three other men.  At some point though he began his acting career, with a key role on the 2009 television series Lurk among his credits.

Zhang/Ji identity was recently finally discovered by Chinese authorities and he was arrested on the set of Shaolin Tigers, in which he appears as a Buddhist monk.  After his arrest he admitted his involvement in the 1998 assault. 

As Poe showed in his story, by not hiding Zhang/Ji gave no reason to be a suspect in a case over a decade old.  After all, why would a fugitive work on a medium that would broadcast his image across the nation?  Strange how long he got away with it…

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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