Heists

 
November 25 2013, 0 Comments
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, 0 Comments
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, 0 Comments
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, 0 Comments
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...
 
April 4 2013, 1 Comment
In November 1971 the only unsolved hijacking in U.S. history occurred when an unidentified suspect commandeered a commercial jetliner and held its occupants for ransom. The case evolved into an...
 
June 11 2012, 0 Comments
The Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa was the world’s most famous and valuable painting, yet its security depended on four ordinary hooks and the locked door of the museum – the Louvre in Paris – where it...

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...

Heist and High

December 16 2013, 0 Comments
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,...

Life Imitates Art: How the Pink Panthers Purloin and Plunder

November 25 2013, 0 Comments
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...
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:13
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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...
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 07:49
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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...
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 13:25
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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...
Thu, 09/26/2013 - 13:05
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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...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 11:21
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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...
Mon, 07/15/2013 - 17:29
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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...
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 12:19
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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...
Thu, 05/02/2013 - 10:29
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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...
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 12:19
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How bite marks can lead to convictions. by Liz Porter Criminals are regularly nabbed because they make stupid and careless mistakes. The burglar who robbed a safe at the up-market Haigh’s chocolate factory in the South Australian capital city of Adelaide is a perfect...
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:02
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In November 1971 the only unsolved hijacking in U.S. history occurred when an unidentified suspect commandeered a commercial jetliner and held its occupants for ransom. The case evolved into an American legend almost overnight because, as the authorities maintain, the culprit...

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