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The Eric Vawser Case
This listed case does not necessarily indicate any strong psychic involvement but illustrates the other side of Robert Cracknell's life, when he ran a detective agency in the UK and employed over thirty staff.
In the mid '80s a plausible con man by the name of Eric Vawser made his presence strongly felt whilst travelling around the UK, accompanied by an American woman who invariably used the title 'Lady' before her name, suggesting she was a member of the nobility.
Vawser's modus operandi was to check in to one of the best hotels in the area to which he'd travelled, where he would entertain lavishly using the pretext that he was a property developer looking for prospective properties in that particular area. He was a staunch follower of the Conservative Party and had at one time worked for them in Margaret Thatcher's constituency. As to whether he'd had any personal contact with Margaret Thatcher herself was unclear. But his target in whichever area he landed was the local branch of the Conservative Party and, without doubt, he used his somewhat loose connection to one of the most famous women in England to its full advantage.
Having lived high off the hog he managed to con a great many people before doing the inevitable moonlight flit, leaving numerous unpaid hotel and entertainment bills in his wake. Various County Police fraud departments were keen to question him and sought his whereabouts, but always to no avail. Nobody seemed able to pin him down.
Eventually, a client of Cracknell's investigation agency, one of the major banks, contacted Cracknell and asked for Vawser to be found; their reason being that no payments had been received from him for a large amount of office equipment and cars, which he has leased from them. It appeared to be a straightforward tracing enquiry, so one of Cracknell's able detectives was put on the case.
He was unable to trace him. It seemed that Vawser was feeling the pressure and was laying low. Reluctant to abandon the enquiry at this point Cracknell himself took over and quickly learned that numerous police forces were very keen to question this man, their intention being to arrest him on sight. However, Cracknell's main objective was to recover the leased assets on behalf of his client, in an attempt to reduce the bank's liability.
Using all his skill and contacts, Cracknell managed to establish that Vawser had a solicitor in London to whom all enquiries were being referred. One of Britain's leading newspapers, the 'Daily Mail', who were also involved in the case contacted Cracknell to ask him to join forces in tracking Vawser down. Cracknell asked the bank to issue a court summons in respect of the missing goods and so flush Vawser out from hiding by arranging for him to attend at his lawyer's office to accept service.
Below: Cracknell confronts Eric Vawser
The solicitor's office was in a busy thoroughfare in London with no nearby parking facilities, so it was thought that Vawser would probably make his way via a nearby underground station, some 100 metres from the office. There were some telephone engineers working under canvas nearby who were more than happy to vacate the scene for a time in return for a few pound notes from the 'Daily Mail' news reporters, who swiftly took their place.
Surveillance was maintained and eventually, as Cracknell had predicted, Vawser emerged from the underground station. He was confronted, served with a writ and told he would be arrested, at which point he fled into his solicitorr's offices. Cracknell contacted the police and ten minutes later Vawser was arrested. The photograph made headline news in the 'Daily Mail' the following day.
The reason for this case being posted on the website is that since that time Cracknell has received many phone calls and messages from various solicitors and other members of the public who have been conned by Eric Vawser, and certainly as recently as 2004 it was known that this man was still active.