Kelly A. (Welbes) Abagnale (born 1954)

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Kelly Anne Abagnale
1954 - living
June 26, 1954
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, United States
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Kelly Anne Abagnale
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Kelly A. (Welbes) Abagnale was born on June 26, 1954 in Galveston, Texas, United States. According to her family tree, she married Frank W. Abagnale Jr on November 6, 1976 in Texas. We know that Kelly A. (Welbes) Abagnale had been residing in Texas.
Updated: August 28, 2022
Kelly Anne was born on 26 Jun 1954 to Louis Andrew Welbes and Maxine Cecila Rust in Galveston, Texas. She had siblings Tim and Robert. At age 22 Kelly A. Welbes married six years her senior Frank W. Abagnale Jr (age 28). Frank Abagnale's life story was made famous with the Academy Award nominated film 'Catch Me If You Can (2002)'. Frank is most known for being a con man (claiming at least eight identities as an airline pilot, physician, U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent and lawyer). They had three children: Sean, Scott, and Chris. The couple has been married for decades and currently live nearby Daniel Island. Frank Abagnale still works in Quantico Virginia where he has worked as an instructor for the FBI training academy for over 40 years specializing in fraud prevention. Read about Frank at Frank Abagnale
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Kelly A. (Welbes) Abagnale
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Kelly Anne Abagnale
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Kelly Anne Abagnale
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Kelly Abagnale was born on in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas United States

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Kelly Anne has lived in Daniel Island, South Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Charleston, South Carolina; and Houston, Texas.


Kelly Anne was a High school graduate of Waltrip High School in Houston Texas. She was part of the woman's tennis team.


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Frank Abagnale

Wikipedia Frank William Abagnale Jr. (/ˈæbəɡneɪl/; born April 27, 1948) is an American author and convicted felon. Abagnale targeted individuals and small businesses but gained notoriety in the late 1970s by claiming a diverse range of victimless workplace frauds,[4] many of which are now in doubt. In 1980, Abagnale co-wrote his autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, which built a narrative around these claimed victimless frauds. The book later inspired the film of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg in 2002, in which Abagnale was portrayed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. He has also written four other books. Abagnale runs Abagnale and Associates, a consultancy firm. Among others, Abagnale claims to have worked as an assistant state attorney general in the U.S. state of Louisiana, a hospital physician in Georgia, and impersonated a Pan American World Airways pilot and logged over two million air miles by deadheading. The veracity of most of Abagnale's claims has been questioned and continue to suggest that he made them up. In 2002, Abagnale admitted on his website that some facts had been over-dramatized or exaggerated, though he was not specific about what was exaggerated or omitted about his life. In 2020, journalist Alan C. Logan provided evidence he claims proves the majority of Abagnale's story had been at best exaggerated or invented. The public records obtained by Logan have since been independently verified by journalist Javier Leiva.
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Married: November 6, 1976
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Married at: Harris County, TX
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In 1954, in the year that Kelly A. (Welbes) Abagnale was born, from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

In 1968, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

In 1973, on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.

In 1986, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

In 1992, in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The newly created Bosnian Serb army then began a campaign against Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats - killing, raping, torturing, beating and robbing - and resulting in the deaths of over 100,000.

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