November 09, 2003

That's Right, Dear, The Boys are Goin' Fishing

Illicit Kiss

this intriguing news item was sent in by traveling italian professor, agent shedroff. turns out a crafty russian has been running a company that provides airtight excuses for partners who want to get away for a bit to carry on an affair.

check it out:


    MOSCOW -- A Russian has established an agency selling the rarest of commodities: a good cover story for adulterous partners.

    Aimed primarily at cheating spouses who need an excuse to get away from home for a day or two, or explain away a lost night after an unplanned indiscretion, Dmitry Petrov sells copper-bottomed alibis for as little as 120. Mr Petrov has no office and does all his business on a mobile phone.

    But he employs dozens of freelances - doctors, journalists and actors - who can rustle up a charade in minutes for the right price.

    One of Mr Petrov's favourite ruses is to present the errant husband with a certificate that he has spent the night in detox after drinking one vodka too many.

    Another, for the more forward-planning man, is to have an associate collect the client in a car stuffed with fishing rods, on the pretext that they are off for a weekend's angling.

    The Ruse

    Contrary to popular perception, Mr Petrov says, most of his clients are women. In one case a woman wanted to spend a week with a lover on a beach in Turkey. Mr Petrov produced a fake summons from a faraway court demanding that she give evidence about a car crash she had supposedly witnessed.

    The unsuspecting husband took his wife to the train station only for her to get off at the next stop and hop on a plane with her beau.

    Mr Petrov has also helped a host of others to get out of a tight spot since launching Alibi in 1999.

    Once he arranged a fake set of wedding photos and even a fake groom for a woman who had lied to her friends that she had got married.

    Another time he staged an entire make-believe wedding with a moonlighting marriage official after a couple grew bored of being pestered by their parents to tie the knot.

    He has also set up confrontations between a wife, her husband and his lover in an effort to get the adulterer to return to the family nest.

    Asked whether he was ashamed of his work, Mr Petrov replied: "Imagine how many good people would have survived around the world if only such an agency had existed in the times of Othello and Anna Karenina."

    Fish Story

Posted by bojon at November 9, 2003 11:39 PM