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Chris "Birdman" Andersen: Inside double-Catfish scheme that's made him a recluse

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Chris "Birdman" Andersen. More photos below.
Last year around this time, as members of the Miami Heat were embroiled in what turned out to be a second consecutive NBA-championship run, we reported that an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation targeting Chris "Birdman" Andersen was still open a full year after authorities had raided his Larkspur home. It wasn't until the following September that the former Denver Nugget was officially cleared, with authorities confirming that he'd been the victim of a bizarre, double-Catfish scheme allegedly perpetrated by a Canadian woman named Shelly Lynne Chartier.

Now, with the Heat set to kick off its quest for a third straight NBA crown against the San Antonio Spurs tonight, a new report provides the most details yet about Chartier's twisted Internet manipulations and the terrible effect they've had on Andersen's life.

On May 10, 2012, as we've reported, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office put out a press release confirming that its Internet Crimes Against Children unit had "executed a search warrant at Christopher C. Andersen (33 YO) residence in Larkspur CO." The narrative noted that the ICAC "began investigating Andersen in February 2012 in reference to information that was provided by a law enforcement agency in California," adding, "DCSO has recovered property from the residence that we believe is connected to this case."

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An aerial shot of Andersen's home in Larkspur, as seen in a 9News image.
Afterward, attorney Colin Bresee asserted Andersen's innocence of any crime and claimed he was actually the person who'd been wronged. Beginning in 2010, Bresee said Andersen had received numerous letters, some featuring racy photos, from a female fan claiming to be 21 years old; she was later identified as aspiring model Paris Roxanne, who was then seventeen. The following year, she flew to Colorado, "showing her required identification," according to a statement he provided to the Denver Post. When she left, she allegedly was upset by Andersen's lack of interest in her, and by 2012, "she threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration" -- bounty represented by someone claiming to be her mother as items on her Amazon and Victoria's Secret wish lists plus $5,000 in cash.

The key word in the previous sentence is "claiming," as is spelled out in fascinating detail by "The Birdman's Vengeful Ghost" by Newsweek's Flinder Boyd. The person impersonating the young woman's mom was allegedly Chartier, who Boyd describes as "a 29-year-old recluse with a sixth-grade education" who even those close to her family couldn't remember leaving the Manitoba house she shares with her chronically arthritic mother since age twelve or thirteen before she was hauled off by Canadian authorities to face assorted Internet-related charges in early 2013.

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Paris Roxanne.
The manner in which Chartier allegedly messed with Andersen was so complex that it took investigators month after month of intense work to unravel. Here's how Boyd sums it up:
Chartier had set up a bogus Facebook profile as Andersen, then received a message from Roxanne. Chartier responded as if she were Andersen, then set up a fake Roxanne profile to communicate with Andersen. This is where things got complicated and sinister. Both Andersen and Roxanne believed they were sending each other Facebook messages and starting an intimate relationship, but their messages were being triangulated through Chartier's fake profile pages. Think of Chartier as a devious and malicious post office. Every message between Andersen and Roxanne was filtered through her computer, which meant she could manipulate any of their messages. And she did. Often.
Chartier didn't only focus her attention on Andersen. Newsweek's Boyd lists numerous other quasi-famous celebrity victims -- and a twisted and scattershot assembly it is.

Continue for more about the double-Catfish scheme that ensnared Chris "Birdman" Andersen, including plenty of photos.



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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

With so many people saying Birdman was a pedophile, people might have gotten the idea that BM is a conservative.  Now that's just nasty!

Brent Miller
Brent Miller

Hum? Let's see? Oh yea, he had to leave Denver after it was published NBC, Denver Post, CBS news and so on about his alleged involvement with child pornography.

Los C Denver
Los C Denver

If you ever met the guy and spent any time with him you would know...he is an idiot ^jenevieve is right

Jenevieve Beaulieu
Jenevieve Beaulieu

Karma sucks, he's just getting a little back! Cry me a river! I have to hide in my mansion with my millions.....

Carlton Balfe
Carlton Balfe

This is exactly why and how people flip out and kill people! Shame on you Westword i wont feel bad if Bird comes down there and puts in work on you!

Pat Friece
Pat Friece

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA this dude ain't the fuckin bird man! He's a loser HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Marshall J. W. Hatch
Marshall J. W. Hatch

No...Los C Denver... YOU, my dear, are the fucking idiot. You and all the other haters who choose to crucify a guy you don't even know. A person you have ZERO affiliation with. It's very easy to sit there, behind your computers and throw stones. You don't read, write or have any compassion for other people's troubles. Perhaps your hatred comes from jealousy. He has wealth and fame. You don't. In any case, he has been cleared of charges. Those are the facts. You really should consider that he's been through enough, But it's far from over. Mean people suck. Plain and simple. And to you...Peace Will Win. Change your name. ..or live up to it, man.

Grant Wood
Grant Wood

Everyone loved to jump on the bandwagon to crucify they guy... Even news outlets... But now that proof that nothing happened other than a scam... No in wants to tell the part of the story that he's innocent. I hate modern media. Sensationalism vs real journalism.

Colie Marie
Colie Marie

That's what really gets me, we ripe ppl through he headlines before they are proven guilty and ruin their lives. When it is proven they didn't do it, it's too late to go back and undo the damage that was done. I always had a feeling he didn't do it, glad to see that it was proven he didn't. I know what he is going through through, I've gone through a situation that caused me to go from extreme extrovert to an introvert, it sucks. I hope he can find a way to come back.

Amber Lynn Ortiz
Amber Lynn Ortiz

Zed Lepplin are you just evil or immature? There's nothing to laugh about here! Despite the fact he did nothing wrong, and a press conference was held clearing his name, he is going to be forever remembered by an incident of child pornography, NOT that he had some stupid slut who claimed to be older and tried to get him treat her like a diamond, when she was nothing more than trash, then you have Nora Bates over here, trying to blackmail him and others because she has no regard for anyone's life, but her own. To all, this you, find funny. How would you like to be accused of rape, wait let's take it a step further, accused of rape of a child you know. Now what, what are you going to do? The way it works in the system isn't innocent until proven guilty, it's guilty until proven innocent! People like you walk around with their head up their ass thinking their untouchable, laughing at the expense of others, but you had better realize you are no different from anyone else, Life can turn your world upside down in a minute, and I highly doubt you will find it as entertaining as you do this!

Bob Eggermont
Bob Eggermont

free bird for life,belgium fan nr 1, glad I saw him play this year in miami !!!!!

Dee Dee Hawn
Dee Dee Hawn

God damn birdman you are sexy as hell!!! always knew you were innocent!!! glad it all worked out for you.

Barb Garcia
Barb Garcia

The Nuggets made a huge mistake letting the Birdman go. He is excelling in Miami. Best of luck to you. You deserved a better. So sad this happened to a good guy.

Mark Leiby
Mark Leiby

The media blasted the front pages about what a perv he is, but when the truth was found out it barely made a blip on the media radar. Shame...

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

if it wasn't for the false allegations, he'd have been cut for his lousy ass play in the final season with the Nuggets

Karla Shapley-Cordova
Karla Shapley-Cordova

Its frustrating that the media jumped all over the story when Bird was "guilty " of child molestation & his home was being invaded by law enforcement, but I didn't hear one word (until now) that he was in fact a victim of catfishing. He was basically forced from Denver, a city that loved him, because of accusations that proved to be totally wrong. I'm disappointed in the Nuggets for letting him go before proven guilty.

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

Met him once while I was at lunch. I left him alone but people were hounding him for an autograph. He was very nice about it even though he was with his wife (?...don't know his personal details) and child. His child and my grandchild made friends and he was very sweet to us.

Vincent Lee Gagliardi
Vincent Lee Gagliardi

Sad Denver traded him right after this scandal broke out and he was innocent.

Steve Caudle
Steve Caudle

Glad he's innocent and getting cleared. Hope he can get over the trauma.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

He left the worst run sports team anywhere.  Who would have ever thought that being a walmart trust fund baby doesn't make someone a good sports team manager. 

shadowsdestiny
shadowsdestiny

Who are you? One of his ex groupies? LOL get out of here whore!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You're not alone, Yolette. Thanks for posting.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

All nuggets management does is make huge mistakes.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

He's got an NBA championship ring thanks to joining the Heat and he could get another one this year -- but what he went through was still horrible. Thanks for posting, Barb.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Strong post, Mark. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

You are?  We'll be sending Chris Hansen by to chat with you about that.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A lot of readers agree with you, Karla. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your experience, Handy. Much appreciated.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues Grammar check:  Right wing and bigot are redundant. 

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