Category: robbery

Fancy Shoes: The Bizarre Fate of Big Nose George

When I was growing up, western movies were just starting to pass out of popularity. After decades as one of…

The Bandits in the Blizzard

Paul Schroeder ran through the repair shop, trying to avoid the hail of bullets flying towards him. He raised his…

Episode 39: The Robbers Who Should Have Quit

In 1921, a former newspaper editor and a barber decided to rob a bank in rural Iowa. Expecting little resistance,…

The Robbers Who Should Have Quit

Some people just don’t know when to quit. Granted, that’s a trait that we normally admire. The sports team that…

Episode 29: Defiling the Dead

The desecration of human remains and burial sites are regarded as taboo by our society. Regardless, it still happens, and…

Defiling the Dead

In 2002, a friend of mine and I took a trip to Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, about twenty…

Episode 26: An Uncommon Criminal

When Iowa policemen arrested a robbery suspect in 1947, they thought they had just apprehended the thief responsible for numerous…

An Uncommon Criminal

   By March 8, 1947, police in Davenport, Iowa, were looking for an unknown suspect who had been breaking into…

The Long Grove, Iowa Bank Robbery of 1921

The morning of December 15, 1921 was just another winter morning in Long Grove, Iowa. The business district at the…