Jim Morrison sang it best. "People Are Strange." Take the bizarre true story about the aristocratic de Védrines family in southwestern France who were held hostage by conman, Thierry Tilly. By persuading this wealthy, noble family that they were targets of a Masonic plot, the de Védrines turned over their lives, their fortune, and their ancestral home, Château Martel, to this calculating mastermind. For all the unbelievable details, read the gripping Vanity Fair article here.
Oddly enough, according to this link, the historic Château Martel is now available for holidays, starting at 1750 euros a week at Christmas and New Year, and rising to 2950 euros a week during high summer.
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