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Oct102010

ABC News Exclusive: 'Catfish' Woman on Twisted Cyber-Romance

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When the documentary-thriller "Catfish" opened in New York City to enthusiastic crowds, the movie's star was at home in Ishpeming, Mich., probably doing laundry.

Angela Wesselman, whose real identity is not revealed until the end of the movie, was a troubled housewife who spent the bulk of her days caring for two severely handicapped stepsons and building an elaborate web of online deception until it all spun out of control.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Wesselman admitted that she's a mastermind of deception.

"A manipulator is what my husband calls me," she said. "But yeah, I manipulate and it's not right. ... I never thought I'd become so entangled in it."

Spoiler alert! Details of the movie "Catfish" are revealed in this article.


Wesselman posed as an 8-year-old named Abby and a 19-year-old named Megan, and lured Nev Schulman, a trusting 24-year-old New York City photographer, into a romantic online relationship.

In the film, Schulman's world comes crashing down when he learns that Megan, the girl of his dreams with whom he's shared the most intimate fantasies, does not exist. Megan and Abby are both characters created by Wesselman's imagination and brought to virtual life on Facebook.

Megan became Schulman's obsession and the core of Wesselman's growing cast of characters. She created online profiles for at least 21 relatives and friends to round out Megan's social circle. To bring these personas to life, Angela assumed all of their identities. She posted messages on Facebook in the voice of Abby, Megan, their brother and friends, switching minute by minute.

"When I first started interacting with them on Facebook ... even though I knew it was all a lie ... and all these people were fake ... I was like, 'This would make a great film. ... I hope they're filming it,'" she told ABC News.

After the cameras stopped rolling and the truth came out, Wesselman said she continued to send Schulman e-mails attached to fake identities.

"I just couldn't let it go," she said, adding that she attempted suicide as a way out.

Now, her husband and friends monitor all of her e-mails and time online. She insists that she's not engaged in any fake online relationships. Wesselman said she's replaced her virtual relationships with the real ones that don't dissolve in the Ethernet.

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