Charles Daugherty was Mistress of the Con -- even though he's a mister
Mistress of the Con, written by John McCabe and published by Never Say Cut Media, shares some of Daugherty's raunchy sexual escapades (fair warning: they're described very graphically) and details his fraudulent business ventures when he was pretending to be Shannon Ireland. Jay Soulia, Daugherty's former bodyguard turned private investigator, provided background information for the book, examining over 1,000 pages of police records and jail logs.
"In my opinion, it's almost retribution to all of the victims," Soulia says. "It shows his mentality and how he operated and what a crook he really is. Most victims will not come forward, simply because it's embarrassing, and that's what he counted on."
Soulia is still impressed with the illusion that Daugherty was able to create. "The strange thing is not the female he pretends to be, because she wasn't particularly good-looking, but how he sucks you into the game, with a deep breathy voice,etc.," he says. "He would have made a great actor."
Soulia experienced Daugherty's tricks first-hand: "On my birthday he told me to close my eyes and went for my zipper. That shows what he does... He's a good con man."
And Soulia isn't convinced that Daugherty is done with cons. He's currently investigating a lead that he thinks might lead to Daugherty. "He has already threatened to sue us, but that's fine because it will give us publicity," Soulia notes. "We're looking to make this bigger, and get out that this is really creepy."
Creepy enough to make a good movie. But "you have to write the book first," Soulia notes. And now they have.
Colorado's seen lots of cons. Most recently, Michael Maher was accused of masquerading as a firefighter at the High Park fire -- and he might have gotten practice at the Lower North Fork fire. Read about it here.