The Imposter: Where Is The Missing Boy Now? 5 Facts About Nicholas Barclay That You Don’t Know

The 2012 Netflix jaw-dropping true crime documentary The Imposter to its streaming service. The film, which originally came out in 2012, follows the story of a missing boy in the US and whether or not he truly is who he says he is.
He is Nicholas Barclay,13 years old, who was found three years after having disappeared. However, things didn’t quite turn out to be that simple. So where is Nicholas Barclay now? Here’s everything you need to know.

1. The Imposter is based on a real story

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The Imposter is a true story based on the 1997 case of Frédéric Bourdin, a French confidence trickster who pretended to be Nicholas Patrick Barclay, an American boy who went missing in Texas at the age of 13 in 1994.

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Barclay went missing after a basketball game in San Antonio in 1994, and police assumed he had been murdered or kidnapped. The search was called off because no one had been found.
Surprisingly, the family is eventually contacted by authorities in Spain who claim that their son is on another continent. They were overjoyed at first, but soon realized that things were not as they seemed. Their son was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed child from Texas, but this kid was different.

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Bourdin, who turned out to have a long record of impersonating various children, embellished his claim to be Nicholas Barclay by alleging that he had been kidnapped for purposes of sexual abuse by different military personnel and transported from the US to Spain. His impersonation fooled several officials in Spain and the US, and he was apparently accepted by many of Barclay’s family members, even though he was seven years older than Barclay.
The impersonation was eventually discovered as a result of the suspicions of a private investigator, Charles Parker, and an FBI agent, Nancy Fisher. Bourdin was arrested and Interpol confirmed he was Bourdin, was 23-years-old and had a long criminal record.
In custody Bourdin told the police that the family killed the real Nicholas and that is why they accepted him - as it hid the crime. The main suspect is his brother Jason who had already died by this point.
Related: How Frederic Bourdin Can Deceive The Family? The Shocking Way You Don’t Know

2. 5 Facts you don’t know about Nicholas Barclay

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  • Barclay was also diagnosed with ADHD.
  • He was a small-built, 13-year-old white boy, with blue eyes; light brown hair that looked almost blonde; and a gap between his front teeth.
  • His height was 4’8” at the time of his disappearance, and he weighed somewhere around 80 pounds.
  • On the day he went missing, he was wearing a white t-shirt, black shoes, pink backpack, and purple trousers.
  • Perhaps most important are the home-brew tattoos: the letter “J” on his left shoulder, a “T” between his left thumb and forefinger, and the letters “LN” on the outside of his left ankle.

3. Where is Nicholas Barclay now?

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Unfortunately it seems as though the case of Nicholas Barclay has gone cold with his body still yet to be found. However, it is believed that there are some private detectives who are still working on the case and suspect there to be foul play involved. Nicholas' brother Jason is a prime suspect in the case but he unfortunately passed away due to a drug overdose back in 1998. James had developed a drug addiction.
Nicholas has never been located and his case remains unsolved. He may still be living in the San Antonio area. While many agencies continue to classify him as a runaway, foul play is possible in his disappearance. According to the Charley Project, which profiles over 14,000 “cold case” missing people mainly from the US.

4. Where is Frédéric Bourdain now?

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Bourdin was sentenced to six years in prison for his crime. According to KSAT, Frédéric Bourdin pleaded guilty to passport fraud and perjury and was sentenced to six years in prison. Even while in prison, Bourdin tried to keep the story he'd created with Barclay alive. He now spoke to at least one journalist on a regular basis in the hopes of gaining the public's sympathy with his exclusive story. is a website that provides you with sport updates and Entertainment news to brighten your day. Don’t hesitate to visit our site to know more about entertainment news.
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