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The sentence, from the Wikipedia article on Thomas Pynchon:

Indeed, claims that Pynchon was the Unabomber or a sympathizer with the Waco Branch Davidians after the 1993 siege were upstaged in the mid-1990s by the invention of an elaborate rumor insinuating that Pynchon and one "Wanda Tinasky" were the same person.

Would "a certain" fit here?

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One in this context indeed refers to a person. However, the person that one refers to is anonymous rather than very well known. So the emphasis, with this kind of structures, is on the anonymity of the person in question.

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It would. Actually one in this case can be safely omitted.

one in this context is a formal way of referring to a person, so the following are valid:

that Pynchon and a person named "Wanda Tinasky"
that Pynchon and a "Wanda Tinasky"
that Pynchon and "Wanda Tinasky"

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