David "Race" Bannon

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David Bannon
Born David Wayne Dilley
(1963-04-22)April 22, 1963
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names
  • David Dilley Bannon
  • D. Bannon
  • Race
Occupation Author, translator
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Children 1, Jessica Autumn Bannon (November 29, 1988 – January 16, 2015)

David Dilley Bannon (born David Wayne Dilley; April 22, 1963), nicknamed Race, is an American author and translator.[1] Bannon was convicted of criminal impersonation in 2006. His daughter, Jessica Autumn Bannon, died on January 16, 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Bannon was born in Tacoma, Washington and grew up in Spokane Valley, Washington. Married twice, he had one child, Jessica Autumn Bannon (November 29, 1988 – January 16, 2015).[2] She died of a fentanyl-laced heroin overdose.[3][4][5] After his daughter's death, Bannon and his wife established The Jessica Autumn Bannon Memorial Film Collection on September 26, 2015 with 1,500 film and television titles. In 2017 the collection consisted of 2,000 titles. The bulk of the collection is housed in the Chester County Library in Chester, South Carolina.[6]


Bannon writes and speaks[7] on art,[8] history,[9] culture[10] and translation.[11][12][13][14][15] He has appeared on A&E (TV channel)[16], Discovery Channel[17] and History (U.S. TV network)[18] and in The Wall Street Journal[19].

Bannon held a two-year appointment as curator of Asian art (1992-1994)[20] for the Florence Museum of Art and History in South Carolina, now known as the Florence County Museum.[21]

Bannon translated Korean-to-English subtitles for YA Entertainment and the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation.[22] His original Korean-language poems[23] and translations of Korean poetry and spirituality texts have appeared in consumer magazines,[24] trade publications[25] [26] and academic journals.[27] He has published two collections of the writings of Korean Zen master Bopjong.[28][29]

Arrest and conviction[edit]

Bannon is an American fraudster who posed as a former Interpol agent. In his 2006 book Race Against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister Criminals, he claimed to have worked in Asia as a Mormon missionary who transitioned into work as a killer and secret agent: "a 'cleaner,'" said Publishers Weekly, "interrogating and 'eliminating' child pornographers who his boss at Interpol had determined were beyond the reach of other law enforcement agencies."[30] Bannon's claims were debunked after his arrest in January 2006 for criminal impersonation and other charges.

Interpol's website contains the following statement dated January 31, 2006:[31] In 2004, the Interpol General Secretariat issued the following statement about Bannon's book:

"Interpol's General Secretariat in Lyon has no record of David Race Bannon having been employed and no knowledge of individuals mentioned in Mr Bannon's book. Interpol exists to facilitate the exchange of information between the world's law enforcement agencies and to provide analysis of criminal data and other services. Accordingly, the claims in Mr Bannon's book can only be seen as deceptive and irresponsible fantasy.
The above disclaimer was distributed to US law enforcement agencies by the US National Central Bureau of Interpol and to other potentially interested parties by the General Secretariat."

Bannon responded to this statement by asserting that the covert nature of his alleged works (including over 100 assassinations) forced Interpol to make such a disavowal of his claims.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, Bannon was arrested in Boulder, Colorado on January 27, 2006 on the charge of criminal impersonation, computer crime, and attempted theft. The charges leveled against him assert that he created a fraudulent history of involvement with Interpol and expertise in human trafficking in order to earn fees for consulting and presenting on these topics.

Part of the evidence presented against him was collected by Samuel Browning, a Connecticut lawyer affiliated with Bullshido.net, a website dedicated to rooting out fraudulent practices in the martial arts. The website's involvement in this case began from Bannon's unproven claims of black belt proficiency in Hapkido and Kendo, and developed into further research of Bannon's other claims.

On April 24, 2006, David "Race" Bannon pleaded guilty to the charge of criminal impersonation before a Colorado judge.[32] His guilty plea was made in exchange for prosecutors dropping the additional charges of computer crime and attempted theft. According to the district attorney prosecuting the case, Bannon will likely face fines rather than incarceration.[33]


  • Introduction to Windows 95/98 (Prentice Hall, 2000)
  • Internet & World Wide Web: How To Program Second Edition (contributing editor; Prentice Hall; 2000), ISBN 0130308978
  • e-Business & e-Commerce: How To Program (contributing editor; Prentice Hall; 2001)
  • Korean-English/English-Korean Standard Dictionary (Hippocrene Standard Dictionary) (Hippocrene Books, 2009), editor; ISBN 9780781812344[34]
  • The Elements of Subtitles: A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue, Character, Context, Tone and Style in Subtitling (2010), Third edition, 2013; ISBN 9781300667155[35]
  • Meditations of a Zen Master (editor and translator; Bilingual Library, 2012), ISBN 1300327405[36]
  • Meditations of a Korean Monk (editor and translator; Bilingual Library, 2012), ISBN 1105519201[37]
  • Between Fighting Men: Nostalgia and B-Westerns (2013), published in conjunction with the Chester Library film, exhibit and lecture series[38] ISBN 9781300897736


  1. ^ Anthony Paletta, “Lost in Translation, Found in Subtitles”, The Wall Street Journal (4 October 2012): D4
  2. ^ Jessica Autumn Bannon Find A Grave Memorial
  3. ^ David Travis Bland, "A Different Dragon: How Fentanyl Has Changed the Opioid Crisis," Free Times (Aug 30, 2017): cover story
  4. ^ Matthew Stevens. "Lexington County Coroner attributes 12 deaths with mixing heroin." WACH FOX57, Columbia, South Carolina. Air date: 31 August 2015
  5. ^ Opioid epidemic
  6. ^ "Chester County Library Receives 1500+ Films," Chester County Library, 15 September 2015
  7. ^ “Subtitle Translation Workshop: Space, Timing, Context & Character in Korean TV Dramas," “Translations for Media, Entertainment, and Corporate Industries in East Asian Markets” (Panel), American Translators Association (ATA) 50th Annual Conference—NYC
  8. ^ “Poetry of the Grave: Japanese Warrior Art & Culture,” Florence Museum, 3 Nov 1994; see “Japanese Samurai Warriors,” Florence Museum Express, Vol. 4, No. 4 (1994): 1.
  9. ^ "Chester Library Hosts B Westerns Lecture and Events," South Carolina State Library
  10. ^ "Unique Korean Cultural Concepts in Interpersonal Relations," Translation Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1
  11. ^ "Grammaticality, Ungrammaticality, and Usage-based Theory in Film Subtitles," Translation Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2
  12. ^ "Tonality in Subtitle Translation," Translation Journal, Vol. 14, No. 4
  13. ^ "The Role of Trans-modal Translation in Global Cinema," Translation Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2
  14. ^ "$#*! My Translator Says: Cursing in Subtitles," The ATA Chronicle. Vol. XL, No. 1: 30-34 (2011)
  15. ^ Hangul Herald, Summer 2010: 8.
  16. ^ "Samurai," Ancient Mysteries, 22 May 1997, IMDb
  17. ^ "The Secrets of the Warrior's Power," Discovery Channel, 17 December 1997, IMDb
  18. ^ "Samurai Warrior," History's Mysteries, 2006, IMDb
  19. ^ Anthony Paletta, “Lost in Translation, Found in Subtitles”, The Wall Street Journal (4 October 2012): D4
  20. ^ “Uncovered Treasures: Florence Museum’s Asian Art Collection,” Pee Dee Magazine, Vol VII, No 5 (1994): 38-40.
  21. ^ Florence County Museum
  22. ^ "David Bannon (II)", IMDb
  23. ^ “Nostalgia for Korea: A Sijo Journey.” Asian Pacific Quarterly, Vol 25, No 1 (1993): 73-76.
  24. ^ “Training with the Sages,” Mudo Dojang, Fall 1994: 26-29; “Who Were the Hwarang?,” Mudo Dojang, April 1996: 59-63; “Philosophy of Korean Masters,” World of Martial Arts, June 1998: 54-57; “Yi Sunshin’s War Diary,” Mudo Dojang, Spring 1994: 54-59; 70-72.
  25. ^ “Sijo Poetry of Korean Kisaeng,” Hangul Herald, Fall 2008: 10-13.
  26. ^ “Unique Cultural Values as Reflected in Korean Proverbs,” Hangul Herald, Summer 2009: 13-18.
  27. ^ “Korean Sijo Poems,” Hawai’i Pacific Review (Hawai’i Pacific University), Vol. 4 (1989): 1, 26, 49.
  28. ^ Meditations of a Korean Monk (Bilingual Library, 2012)
  29. ^ Meditations of a Korean Monk: The Writings of Zen Master Beopjeong (Bilingual Library, 2012)
  30. ^ Amazon.com
  31. ^ Interpol
  32. ^ Rocky Mountain News : Denver News, Business, Homes, Jobs, Cars, & Information
  33. ^ "Spotting False Martial Arts Claims: Lessons from the David Bannon Case". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  34. ^ Korean-English/English-Korean Standard Dictionary (Hippocrene Standard Dictionary) (2009)
  35. ^ The Elements of Subtitles: A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue, Character, Context, Tone and Style in Subtitling, Third edition (2013)
  36. ^ Meditations of a Zen Master (Bilingual Library, 2012)
  37. ^ Meditations of a Korean Monk (Bilingual Library, 2012)
  38. ^ South Carolina State Library

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