Looking for Love, Was NC Prof an Idiot Savant or a Merely an Idiot?


In November 2011, Paul Frampton, a world-renowned physicist at the University of North Carolina, met Denise Milani, a Czech bikini model, on an online dating site. Two months later, he set out for South America–where she was supposed to be on a modeling shoot–to meet her for the first time. He’s still there, in an Argentine prison on a drug-trafficking conviction, after he agreed to serve as courier of a cocaine-laden suitcase given to him by a representative of his love interest, whom he never met.

The New York Times Magazine tells the story of how the lonely 68-year-old, characterized as both arrogant and a savant, got involved in the international “honey trap.” He may not have been as innocent as he seemed, the magazine reports.

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