Captain Sham.

Every boat has it's own sail.
— Captain Sham's grammatically incorrect business card motto

Captain Julio Sham is a V.F.D. disguise used by Count Olaf in The Wide Window, the third book in A Series of Unfortunate Events.


With the disguise, he was able to woo Aunt Josephine at a local grocery store in the town of Lake Lachrymose when Violet, Klaus, and Sunny were staying with her at her home. Josephine was especially convinced because he had a business card that said "Captain Sham" and not "Count Olaf", and Lemony Snicket points out that literally anyone can go to a printing store and have anything they want printed. He later told Aunt Josephine by phone that he was really Count Olaf, and that she had to write out a will leaving him the children and promptly disappear.

He was able to utilize an eyepatch to hide his eyebrow and a hinged peg leg to hide his tattoo. Olaf was aided by the Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender who guarded Captain Sham's Sailboat Rentals while posing as a security guard.

Count Olaf was later uncovered when Sunny used her four sharp teeth to bite his peg leg claiming to Arthur Poe that his leg regenerated.

It could have been used by Jacques Snicket when he captains the Prospero.


  • In the film adaptation, Count Olaf murdered Captain Sam to take the role. In addition, this version of Captain Sham doesn't wear an eyepatch.
  • A "sham" is a thing that is not what it is purported to be, suiting Olaf disguising himself as a captain.
  • He is one of the multiple characters with the initials J.S.





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