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Christine de Vedrines, center, and Philippe de Vedrines, right  leave the Bordeaux court, southwestern France, Tuesday, Nov.13, 2012. Thierry Tilly,  an alleged modern-day Rasputin was convicted Tuesday of brainwashing three generations of an aristocratic French family for nearly a decade, swindling them of their fortune and their turreted manor and  was sentenced to eight years in prison by a court in Bordeaux, became a confidante of the landed Vedrines family in 2000 in a case has both riveted and shocked the nation. The de Vedrines family was so convinced of his story that they locked themselves inside their chateau for several years, terrified they would be killed. They sold off their possessions , including the family manor, and handed over euro 4.5 million ($5.7 million). Man at left is unidentified. (AP Photo)

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