A German Pornographer Faked A Lost Gospel
In 2012, Harvard historian Karen King flew to Rome to announce an amazing discovery: a tiny scrap of ancient papyrus that contained the words "Jesus said to them, my wife ..." It caused a sensation (and some terrible Borat impressions), but it passed every scientific test, and some academics accepted it as evidence that Jesus had been married. But journalist Ariel Sabar wanted to know more about its background, so he launched an epic four-year quest for the man who'd found the papyrus, a mysterious German named Walter Fritz.
Fritz studied Egyptology in West Berlin in the late '80s, but mysteriously vanished before graduation. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he reappeared in East Germany, where a group of protesters had seized control of the former headquarters of the Stasi. They appointed Fritz to head up a new museum in the building, but after a few months, he vanished with valuable materials. A disgraced Egyptologist armed with stolen communist artifacts already seems like a terrible comic book villain, and nothing else we're about to tell you is going to lessen that impression.
Fritz resurfaced in Florida, where he became somewhat well-known as the husband of "America's No. 1 Slut Wife" -- the couple ran porn sites wherein Mrs. Fritz had sex with other men while her husband filmed it. Oh, and most of the sites also featured links to forged antique art for sale, along with "divine revelations" the couple had received from the Archangel Michael. Who knew that horny yet intensely religious antique lovers were a viable market? Well we do now, so get ready for next week's "6 Breathtaking Etruscan Urns (God Wants You To Ejaculate Into)."