Last Thursday, 27-year-old Abe Liu was cited by Harvard University campus police for using a "falsified identification card" to get into the dorms...a card that he had been using all semester to pose as a freshman at the school. His excuse?
He was "lonely."
Harvard weekly newspaper, The Independent, published a piece on Liu, appropriately titled "Who is Abe Liu?" that shed a little light on the situation:
Liu wove (and repeatedly re-wove) an elaborate fiction about himself to tell his new friends. At first, he was 22, a freshman who had taken a few years off; then, when his friends began to realize that he was not listed in the Facebook at some point in October, Liu revealed that he was an Extension School student, but one who had graduated from Vanderbilt and claimed to be taking myriad advanced classes at the Medical School while drawing perfectly-construed mathematical models on the whiteboard in Weld Common Room; later, he claimed to be a former Olympian who had played in Beijing for the United States (or China, depending on who he told).
In the beginning, Liu's plan worked pretty well. He lived the life of a college freshman, sleeping in friends' dorms and even posing in a fashion spread for the school's daily newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. When people realized that his story literally never stayed the same, someone tipped off the police to his weird behavior and he was eventually caught.
"I understand the position. [Students are] scared. It doesn't make any sense. They feel betrayed," Liu said of the situation to The Crimson. "I made a mistake. My mistake was being lonely."
Or his mistake was, you know, forging an I.D. card and lying to everyone around him. Either way.