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Sober Desperados

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Robbers broke into a store in Germany and took 1200 Koenig beer caps. That's right, just the caps, the bottles of untouched beer were left in the crates. Apparently the company is running a promotion giving away prizes on certain caps. The company also says there is no way to trace where the winning caps were delivered so if the criminals are careful in how they redeem the winners they are home free.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 18, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Crime, Alcohol

Won’t happen again


Sources: The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri) - Feb 11, 1956; Bridgeport Telegram (Connecticut) - Apr 4, 1955. More >>
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Crime, Prisons, 1950's

How the Bank Sneak Works

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After a lifetime of crime, Harry Schindler was thoughtful enough to divulge all his tricks for the edification of bankers and other monied types.

Read the whole thing here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 07, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Books, 1910's

Sparkling Nibbler

Mrs. Marie Marks Schor, wealthy Miamian, charged with shoplifting because she liked to eat stuff from the shelves as she did her grocery shopping. Sounds like she was having quite a meal: ham, candy, strawberries, bananas, and string beans.


Source: The Bristol Daily Courier - Dec 19, 1959
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jun 14, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, 1950's

Robert Baudin, Aerial Counterfeiter

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Although he seems generally forgotten today, counterfeiter and pilot Robert Baudin was quite notorious while alive, and seems to have had quite a remarkable career, as detailed in the review of his autobiography Fake (see sidebar) quoted below.

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Kirkus review.

More details of his life here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 16, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960's, 1970's, Australia

Impregnable U.S. Mint

Back in 1938, the new U.S. mint building in San Francisco was widely advertised as being impregnable and "invasion proof." But, of course, as two teenage boys quickly proved, all the fancy anti-robbery gadgets in the world are useless if you forget to close the windows.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec 30, 1938


The Record-Argus - Dec 31, 1938
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 06, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Crime, 1930's

Santa still at large

A man dressed as Santa (or was it Santa himself?) recently robbed a Wells Fargo bank in downtown San Francisco. There have been Santa-dressed criminals before, but what made this one slightly different was that the robbery occurred just as SantaCon was taking place in the city, which meant that there were hundreds of people dressed as Santa celebrating right outside the bank. So after the robbery, the perpetrator simply stepped out the door, blended in with all the other Santas, and got away. [KBCW, lowering the bar]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 20, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Crime

Criminals Named Christmas

There was Christmas Jones, sent to prison for debt in January 1815.

Christmas Allen (father and son), both charged with larceny.

And Christmas Crisp, who did six months for larceny in 1837. His son, Christmas Crisp Junior, appears to have been an honest man.

Perhaps being named Christmas was the 19th Century equivalent of having the middle name Wayne. [via Criminal Historian]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 13, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Holidays, Odd Names, Nineteenth Century

Real or Fake?

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Would you drive by the above and keep going thinking it was fake? A man beheaded his mother and kicked her head around before stepping in front of a train. Passers-by said they thought it was a Halloween prank.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Oct 30, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Evil, Dismemberment, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Orange Is the Old Black

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To investigate the conditions in the New York State prison system for women circa 1916, socialist reformer Madeleine Zabriskie Doty arranges to have herself incarcerated, masquerading as a real criminal, under the name "Maggie Martin."

Read her experiences here, in SOCIETY'S MISFITS.
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