Kip McDaniel shares his latest journalism cover story from CIO Magazine: The tragic rise and fall of Harold Backer, a former
national team rower, Princeton grad, and teacher at Brentwood College School who for years was hiding a ponzi scheme from his closest friends and family.
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On a Tuesday morning last November, Harold Backer went for a bike ride and disappeared. His wife, Elizabeth Hardy, would later tell police that he planned to cycle the Galloping Goose Trail, a popular bike path near their apartment in Victoria, British Columbia. Harold often rode the trail, she said. He’d been clear he wouldn’t be long.