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Bandits, Robbers, and Arsonists.
2: Father of all Treasons Thomas Blood, 1671.
3: A Civil, Obliging Robber John Nevison, 1676.
4: Damnation Seize My Soul If I Give You Quarters Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, 1716–18.
5: Burke’s the Butcher, Hare’s the Thief, Knox the Boy that Buys the Beef Burke and Hare, 1827–28.
6: They Were Brave Fellows. They Were True Men the James-Younger Gang, 1866–82.
7: It’s for the Love of a Man that I’m Gonna Have to Die Bonnie and Clyde, 1930–34.
8: You’ll Never Believe it They’ve Stolen the Train the Great Train Robbery, August 8, 1963.
9: Addicted to the Thrill Bill Mason, 1960s–1980s.
10: To Me it is Only so Much Scrap Gold the Theft of the World Cup, March 1966.
11: Miss, You’d Better Look at that Note D.B. Cooper, November 24, 1971.
12: Without Weapons, Nor Hatred, Nor Violence the Société Générale Bank Heist, July 16–20, 1976.
13: I Stole from the Wealthy so I Could Live Their Lifestyle John Maclean, 1970s.
14: Sing of My Deeds, Tell of My Combats… Forgive My Failings Phoolan Devi, 1979–February 1983.
15: The Fire Becomes a Mistress, a Lover John Leonard orr, 1984–91.
16: It Was the Perfect Crime the Antwerp Diamond Heist, February 15–16, 2003.
17: He Was an Expert in Alarm Systems the Theft of the Cellini Salt Cellar, May 11, 2003.
18: Weird and Unbelievable, But it’s a Very Real Criminal Case the Russia-Estonia Vodka Pipeline, 2004.
19: Old-School London Criminal Gents the Hatton Garden Heist, April 2015.
21: Under the Influence of Bad Counsels…I Fell a Martyr the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, 1785.
22: People Took Their Hats off to Such a Sum the Crawford Inheritance, 1879–1902.
23: The Smoothest Con Man that Ever Lived the Sale of the Eiffel Tower, 1925.
24: Domela’s Story Rings With the High Lunacy of Great Farce Harry Domela, 1926.
25: If My Work Hangs in a Museum Long Enough, it Becomes Real Elmyr De Hory, 1946–68.
26: It’s Not Stealing Because I’m Only Taking What They Give Me Doris Payne, 1952–2015.
27: They Inflated the Raft and Left the Island. After that Nobody Seems to Know What Happened Escape from Alcatraz, June 11, 1962.
28: At the Time, Virtue Was Not one of My Virtues Frank Abagnale, 1964–69.
29: I Was on a Train of Lies. I Couldn’t Jump off Clifford Irving, 1972.
30: Originally I Copied Hitler’s Life out of Books, But Later I Began to Feel I Was Hitler Konrad Kujau, 1978–84.
31: If This is Not a Ring-in I’m Not Here the Fine Cotton Scandal, August 18, 1984.
White Collar Crimes.
33: Money… Has Often Been a Cause of the Delusion of Multitudes the Mississippi Scheme, 1716–20.
34: Nothing is Lost Save Honor Black Friday Gold Scandal, 1869.
35: The old Game of Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Charles Ponzi, 1903–20.
36: You Can’t Convict a Million Dollars the Teapot Dome Scandal, 1921–22.
37: Citizens Were Dying Right, Left, and Center the Bhopal Disaster, 1984.
38: The World’s Biggest Mugging the City of London Bonds Theft, May 2, 1990.
39: It’s All Just one Big Lie Bernie Madoff, 1990s–2008.
40: I Know in My Mind that I Did Nothing Criminal the Enron Scandal, 2001.
41: He Put in Peril the Existence of the Bank Jérôme Kerviel, 2007–08.
42: Bribery Was Tolerated and … Rewarded the Siemens Scandal, 2008.
43: Not Just Nerdy Kids up to Mischief in Their Parents’ Basement the Spyeye Malware Data Theft, 2009–13.
44: The Irregularities…Go Against Everything Volkswagen Stands for the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, 2015.
46: The Most Hazardous of all Trades, that of the Smuggler the Hawkhurst Gang, 1735–49.
47: In Sicily There is a Sect of Thieves the Sicilian Mafia, Mid-1800s–.
48: They Dare do Anything the Triads, Mid-1800s–.
49: No More Villainous, Ruffianly Band Was Ever Organized the Wild Bunch, 1889–1908.
50: Prohibition Has Made Nothing but Trouble the Beer Wars, 1923–29.
51: If the Boss Says a Passing Crow is White, You Must Agree the Yakuza, 1946–.
52: When We do Right, Nobody Remembers. When We do Wrong, Nobody Forgets Hells Angels, 1948–.
53: They Were the Best Years of our Lives the Krays and the Richardsons, 1960s.
54: All Empires are Created of Blood and Fire the Medellín Cartel, 1972–93.
55: It Was Always about Business Never about Gangs “Freeway” Rick Ross, 1980–95.
Kidnapping and Extortion.
57: He Valued Her Less than Old Swords the Abduction of Pocahontas, 1613.
58: Marvelous Real-Life Romance the Tichborne Claimant, 1897.
59: Anne, They’ve Stolen our Baby! the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping, March 1, 1932.
60: Since Monday I Have Fallen Into the Hands of Kidnappers the Kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, 1973.
61: I’m a Coward. I Didn’t Want to Die the Kidnapping of Patty Hearst, 1974.
62: I Still Sleep With a Night Light. I Can’t Ride a Subway the Chowchilla Kidnapping, July 15, 1976.
63: I Always Felt Like a Poor Chicken In a Henhouse the Kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch, 1998–2006.
65: An Unusually Clear Case, Like a “Smoking Gun” the Neanderthal Murder, 430,000 Years Ago.
66: Perpetrated With the Sword of Justice Jean Calas, 1761.
67: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity Daniel M’Naghten, 1843.
68: Gave Katherine Warning to Leave the Dripping Killer, 1879.
69: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax and Gave Her Mother Forty Whacks Lizzie Borden, 1892.
70: Fingerprinting Alone Has Proved to be Both Infallible and Feasible the Stratton Brothers, 1905.
71: Thank God It’s Over. the Suspense Has Been Too Great Dr. Crippen, 1910.
72: I Was Driven by a Will That Had Taken the Place of My Own Madame Caillaux, 1914.
73: She Was Very Good Looking With Beautiful Dark Hair the Black Dahlia Murder, January 15, 1947.
74: The Artist Was so Well Informed on Chemicals… it Was Frightening Sadamichi Hirasawa, 1948.
75: I Have Been a Victim of Many Unusual and Irrational Thoughts the Texas Tower Massacre, 1966.
76: Now is the Time for Helter Skelter the Manson Family, 1969.
77: A Dingo’s Got My Baby! the Death of Azaria Chamberlain, August 17, 1980.
78: I Was Mr. Nobody Until I Killed the Biggest Somebody on Earth Murder of John Lennon, December 8, 1980.
79: Who Has Sent You Against Me? Who Has Told You to Do This Thing? Murder of Roberto Calvi, June 17, 1982.
80: I Was on Death Row, and I Was Innocent Kirk Bloodsworth, 1984.
81: An Act of Unparalleled Evil the Murder of James Bulger, February 12, 1993.
82: I’m Afraid This Man Will Kill Me Some Day O.J. Simpson, June 12, 1994.
83: Foul Play While In the Spy Craft Store Craig Jacobsen, August 1997.
84: People are Afraid and Don’t Want to Talk to Us the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, 1996 and 1997.
86: Murdering People… for Sheer Sport Liu Pengli, 144–121 BCE.
87: The Said Dame Alice Had a Certain Demon Alice Kyteler, 1324.
88: The Blood of Maidens Will Keep Her Young Elizabeth Báthory, 1585–1610.
89: I Will Send You Another Bit of Innerds Jack the Ripper, 1888.
90: They’d Rather be Dead than be With Me Harvey Glatman, 1957–58.
91: I Just Like to Kill Ted Bundy, 1961-78.
92: Calculated, Cruel, Cold-Blooded Murders Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, 1963–65.
93: More Terrible than Words Can Express Fred and Rosemary West, 1971–87.
94: This is the Zodiac Speaking the Zodiac Killer, 1968–69.
95: In His Own Eyes, He Was Some Sort of Medical God Harold Shipman, 1975–98.
96: A Mistake of Nature Andrei Chikatilo, 1978–90.
97: I Was Sick or Evil, or Both Jeffrey Dahmer, 1978–91.
98: A Danger to Young Women Colin Pitchfork, 1983–86.
99: Read Your ad. Let’s Talk about the Possibilities John Edward Robinson, 1984–99.
Assassinations and Political Plots.
101: Insatiable and Disgraceful Lust for Money the Assassination of Pertinax, 193 CE.
102: Murdering Someone by Craft the Hashashin, 11th–13th Centuries.
103: Sic Semper Tyrannis! the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, April 14, 1865.
104: Dreyfus is Innocent. I Swear It! I Stake My Life on It—My Honor! the Dreyfus Affair, 1894.
105: If They Shed My Blood, Their Hands Will Remain Soiled the Assassination of Rasputin, 1916.
106: There Has to be More to it the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963.
107: I Kiss You for the Last Time the Abduction of Aldo Moro, March 16, 1978.
108: Barbarity Was All Around Us the Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, 2002–08.
109: Barbaric and Ruthless the Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, November 2006.