Heists

 
(Photo RTE)For over 40 years, Julia Holmes was one of the most accomplished con-artists on both sides of the Atlantic. In Texas, she sold over $500,000 of non-existent land in Ireland and hobnobbed...
 
May 11 2015, Marilyn Z. Tomlins
How did a retired electrician become the owner of 271 Picasso artworks worth millions of dollars, and how could he have forgotten for almost 40 years that he had them? By Marilyn Z. TomlinsThursday,...
 
November 25 2013, Denise Noe
In the annals of international diamond heists there has never been a group like the Pink Panthers. Of the estimated 200 members of the gang, most are Serb or Montenegrin nationals. Their estimated...
 
October 14 2009, J. J. Maloney
At the time, the Brinks heist in Boston was called "the crime of the century." The take of over $2.7 million was the largest in U.S. history, but it was the cold, calculating efficiency of the...
 
May 2 2011, Dane Batty
An excerpt from Dane Batty’s new book: Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals (Nish Publishing, 2011) by Dane Batty My...
 
December 18 2011, Mark Pulham
Bridego Bridge just after the robbery In August of 1963, 15 men pulled off “The Great Train Robbery,” at Sears Crossing in Buckinghamshire in southeast England, netting the equivalent of $68.5...

The Many Lives of Irish Con-woman Julia Holmes

June 13 2016, 0 Comments
(Photo RTE)For over 40 years, Julia Holmes was one of the most accomplished con-artists on both sides of the Atlantic. In Texas, she sold over $500,000 of non-existent land in Ireland and hobnobbed...

The case of the electrician and the stolen 271 Picasso artworks

May 11 2015, 0 Comments
How did a retired electrician become the owner of 271 Picasso artworks worth millions of dollars, and how could he have forgotten for almost 40 years that he had them? By Marilyn Z. TomlinsThursday,...

Stealing the Crown Jewels

January 6 2014, 0 Comments
Jan. 6, 2014“Colonel” Thomas Blood, who stole the Crown Jewels of England in May, 1671.The theft of the Crown Jewels in 1671 was the crime of its age, but King Charles II inexplicably pardoned the...
Jun 13, 2016
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(Photo RTE)For over 40 years, Julia Holmes was one of the most accomplished con-artists on both sides of the Atlantic. In Texas, she sold over $500,000 of non-existent land in Ireland and hobnobbed with Vice President Dan Quayle. Deported to Ireland, she set herself up as a “...
May 11, 2015
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How did a retired electrician become the owner of 271 Picasso artworks worth millions of dollars, and how could he have forgotten for almost 40 years that he had them? By Marilyn Z. TomlinsThursday, September 9, 2010, Claude Ruiz-Picasso, son of the late Spanish-born artist and...
Jan 6, 2014
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Jan. 6, 2014“Colonel” Thomas Blood, who stole the Crown Jewels of England in May, 1671.The theft of the Crown Jewels in 1671 was the crime of its age, but King Charles II inexplicably pardoned the motley gang and granted extensive lands in Ireland to the ringleader, Colonel...
Dec 16, 2013
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Dec. 16, 2013An excerpt from the book Heist and High by Anthony Curcio and Dane Battyby Anthony Curcio and Dane BattyForewordThe best books teach us something new about something we thought we knew, and do it in a way that captivates us so thoroughly we don’t even realize we’re...
Nov 25, 2013
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In the annals of international diamond heists there has never been a group like the Pink Panthers. Of the estimated 200 members of the gang, most are Serb or Montenegrin nationals. Their estimated 120 heists in Britain, France, Dubai, Geneva, Monaco and Japan are marked by the...
Sep 26, 2013
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Gerald Chapman became America’s first “celebrity gangster” and its first “Public Enemy No. 1.” President Coolidge pardoned him from the Federal charges against him so that the State of Connecticut could hang him. by Robert Walsh “Death itself isn’t dreadful, but hanging...
Sep 5, 2013
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The tunnel started in leather goods shop Le Sac and ended inside the Baker Street branch of Lloyds Bank. After taking almost three months to tunnel under a branch of Lloyds Bank on Baker Street, on September 1, 1971, three robbers forced open more than 260 safety-deposit...
Jul 15, 2013
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The evolution of forensic science is turning hopelessly unsolvable cold cases into convictions. by Liz Porter British armed robber Andrew Pearson probably never imagined he’d end up as the star of an anti-dandruff advertisement. He also probably never dreamed he’d get caught...
Jun 24, 2013
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An excerpt from the book American El Dorado: The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872. by Ron Elliott Preface Many years ago, I saw a televised interview in which a famous novelist discussed the differences between fiction and nonfiction.  One of the points he made was that, as...
May 2, 2013
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 May 2, 2013 “Surrender had played out for good with me…” Jesse James.When the Ford brothers assassinated Jesse James on April 3, 1882, the longest-running outlaw saga in American history was over. by Robert WalshConfederate bushwhacker, desperate outlaw, bank...

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