Kari Ferrell, age 22, was somewhat of an Internet phenomenon over the past few months, even before a New York Observer profile dubbed her the “Hipster Grifter.”
I don’t even know what word twenty-somethings use for “cool” these days, but Kari Ferrell certainly looks the part. She’s a petite woman of Korean heritage, with short, jet black hair and a big, elaborate tattoo of a phoenix on her chest. Recently arrived in New York City, she got a job at Vice Magazine—a very famous publication I never heard of that covers contemporary youth culture.
Apparently, Ferrell made friends easily and then convinced them that her ATM card didn’t work, she was pregnant, she was dying of lung cancer, etc. She also had a habit of being sexually aggressive. Within a half-hour of meeting one of her new, male co-workers at Vice, she was asking about his sexual history.
This guy Googled Kari Ferrell, and discovered she was on the Most Wanted List in Salt Lake City, Utah. There were five warrants for her arrest, for passing $60,000 in bad checks, forgery and retail theft.
In fact, the Salt Lake City police put a Most Wanted video about Kari Ferrell on YouTube.
Gawker.com, a blog based in New York City that claims to be “the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip,” offered blow-by-blow coverage of the Keri Farrell saga.
ANIMALNewYork, another trendy blog, spent the night with Kari Ferrell and posted a video of Farrell speaking to her, uh, marks.
Ferrell was arrested last week in Philadelphia. How? One of the people she sponged off of, Sam Tremble, conducted a sting operation. Apparently Ferrell approached the guy’s band, wanting to go on tour with them, and promising to get them into some industry parties. Which was bs. So Tremble lured Ferrell back to Philadelphia from New York, with cops to meet her at the bus.
Tremble wrote about the sting in the City Paper, an alternative weekly in Philly, which also caters to the urban youth culture.
If you read the coverage, you’ll probably come to the conclusion, as I did, that Kari Ferrell is a sociopath.
So what’s the latest? According to the Philadelphia Daily News, she’s sitting in jail waiting for an extradition hearing. According Gawker, Dateline NBC is doing a story about her.
As for Sam Tremble, the guy who turned her in—some comments on his City Paper article congratulated him. And some called him a snitch.