His name is Nicholas Alahverdian, is 34 years old and for more than a year he was posing as Arthur Knight. He is accused of sexual offenses and in the year 2018 fled the United States, is country of origin, after the DNA evidence links him to rape in Ohio and other similar crimes in other states of the country.
But not only that. Trying to avoid American justice, he came to fake his own death in February 2020 inventing a false diagnosis of cancer (Hodgkin’s lymphoma). But his lie was dismantled at the end of last year, when under the pseudonym of Arthur Knight He was admitted to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.. The reason, a serious picture caused by the coronavirus, even being connected to a mechanical ventilator to breathe.
With the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) after your search, since there was no evidence or records of his death, he was finally found in his room by Scottish agents. His false name was followed by American investigators, along with seven others with whom he hhad managed, to date, to evade justice During the last years. Since then, it has been guarded 24 hours a day.
Rhode Island State Police Commander Robert A. Creamer confirmed his location in Scotland “about a month ago, where he was on a ventilator. Unfortunately for him, you can’t change your face. Once we checked him in we knew he was our man“.
It was in January 2020 when he began to shape his lie. So, he stopped using his social networks politically to report being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that, furthermore, he was in a advanced stage. He even communicated it through a radio station. “Unfortunately, this has come too soon in my life. “I’m only 32 years old and I wish I had the ability to live much longer to accomplish the things I set out to do all those years ago.” he said then.
Barely two months later, on March 3, his ‘death’ was reported in a obituary mentioning that he “lived the life of a warrior. A fighter in spirit, but a peacemaker in practice. He overcame significant abuse and harmful living conditions.” At the time, the Rhode Island House of Representatives introduced a motion of condolence, highlighting his love to his wife and children, as well as being an advocate for child welfare reform. According to the published obituary, his last words would have been “do not fear and run towards the happiness of the sun”.
The following months, far from forgetting the matter, Interpol did not stop looking for clues that could endorse his death. They knew that before his supposed death he had moved to Ireland, and they went there to look for any thread to pull. There the doubts increased, because they did not find any death certificate.
The lie is revealed
In February of last year, radio host John Depetro commented on his social networks that he had spoken with several witnesses about his hypothetical death, since the police believed he was still alive. So, one of the lawyers who worked for Alahverdian assured that both the announcement of his illness and his sudden death had been strange, so he could still be alive.
The alleged widow of the offender sent an email to Father Bernard Healey, requesting a memorial mass for the deceased. When the preparations had already begun, the police made him suspend the act. “I was told that he had faked his own death, that he was a fugitive from justice for a series of crimes and that the woman who contacted me could be himself“.