The real story – and autographs dealer – behind Can You Ever Forgive Me’s forgeries

On a recent Friday in New York, David Lowenherz set out for an evening at the movies with his Photo of Lee Israelwife and some friends whom he hoped would, as he said in an e-mail, “do everything in their power to keep me from throwing popcorn at the screen.” Their choice of entertainment was Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a critically acclaimed drama starring Melissa McCarthy about a literary forger named Lee Israel, and it was clear that Lowenherz, a rare-autographs and manuscript dealer who had helped the FBI ensnare the real Lee Israel in the early 1990s, had not forgiven her. Read More