Von Däniken and forgery
Von Daniken first appeared before a magistrate while still a boy, charged with stealing money from the boy scouts. In the early 1960s, in his mid 20s, he was convicted of defrauding the hotel where he worked and also petty theft, for which he was fined.
In 1967, at the age of 32, Von Däniken was convicted of a large scale embezzlement, forgery and tax evasion, and spent three and half years in prison. During his time in prison he wrote his second book.
Und hier eine Biografie die mal nicht die krititschen Punkte weglässt:
Auszug(Über Die entstehung seines ersten Buchs) :
Armed with this crucial piece of evidence, the manuscript for Chariots of the Gods? was soon finished, but publishers were not keen. One publishing house dismissed it as 'emotional ramblings', and after 22 rejections the desperate author turned to the influential German journalist Thomas von Randow.
Von Randow suggested rewriting the manuscript, with the help of a science-fiction writer, and marketing it as fact. Chariots of the Gods?: Was God an astronaut?, published in 1967, quickly became a bestseller. It tapped into the excitement surrounding the moon landings and the increasing interest in alternative sciences
Kurzfassung: Weil sein Buch überall abgelehnt wurde hat ihm ein Journalist geraten mit einem Science-Fiction Author zusammenzuarbeiten und das Endprodukt als wissenschaftlich bewiesene Fakten zu verkaufen.