Category Archives: Robbery

Pretty Boy Floyd – 1931

“A pretty boy with apple cheeks.” THE CRIME: Charles Floyd was born in rural Bartow County, Georgia, on 3 February 1904, the son of a farmer-bootlegger. In 1922 he tried to rob a post office but was caught and almost ended in jail, saved only by his father giving him an alibi. The next time… Read More »

Tough Tommy Holden – 1928

“A menace to every man, woman and child in America” THE CRIME: Thomas James Holden was the first man to be listed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list when it was released on 14 March 1950. Holden’s career began in the 1920s, robbing banks and payrolls with his partner Frank Keating. They also… Read More »

Ray, Roy & Hugh D’Autremont – 1923

“They were clueless” THE CRIME: The last Wild West-style train robbery in America cost the lives of four men, the liberty of three more and launched a manhunt on a scale never before seen in the United States. It began with Southern Pacific Railroad’s Train 13 from Seattle on its way to San Francisco, at… Read More »

Bonnot Gang – 1911

They were chased by two policemen, one on horseback and the other on a bicycle THE CRIME: The Bonnot Gang (La Bande a Bonnot) was a group of anarchists who made history by using the first getaway car. They were active between 1911 and 1912. The first getaway car was a 1910 Delaunay-Belleville luxury limousine… Read More »

Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels – 1907

“Spy. Informers beware. IRA never forgets” THE CRIME: Thousands gathered in Dublin on 10 July 1907 to see the state visit of King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra and Princess Victoria. The king had arrived to visit the Irish International Exhibition in Herbert Park, which had been opened on 4 May by the Lord Lieutenant, Lord… Read More »

Theft of the FA Cup – 1895

“At night it invited the envy of a burglar” THE CRIME: The FA Cup is the most prestigious football English trophy. Wanderers first won it at Kennington Oval on Saturday 16 March 1872 before a crowd of 2,000, beating Royal Engineers 1-0. It was the first of their five victories and Morton Peto Betts, playing… Read More »

Black Bart – 1883

“I’ve laboured long and hard for bread” THE CRIME: Between 26 July 1873 and 3 November 1883 Black Bart. the pseudonym of Charles Earl Bolles (aka Charles Bolton aka Charles Boles) robbed 29 stagecoaches. John Shine drove the first stagecoach which was held up at Funk Hill on the Sonora—Milon Road, 6 km (4 mi)… Read More »

Theft of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire – 1876

“The Napoleon of the criminal world” THE CRIME: Adam Worth, aka Henry Judson Raymond, was born in eastern Germany in about 1844 and moved with his parents to America when he was five years old. In 1861 he joined the Union Army where he perpetrated his first known crime — he deserted from one regiment… Read More »

Central Pacific Express Robbery – 1870

All 13 robbers rather foolishly began to spend recklessly. THE CRIME: Born in 1845, “Big Jack” Davis arrived in Virginia City, Nevada in the 1860s hoping to make a living as a professional gambler. However, his luck was not in at the roulette wheels or in the poker hands so he turned to robbing stagecoaches… Read More »

Edward Green – 1863

Green pointed his gun at the centre of the teenager’s head. THE CRIME: Edward Green was a 32-year-old postmaster with a drink habit and heavy debts when he staged America’s first armed bank robbery. He had contemplated burning down the post office but changed his mind, fearful that innocent people would burn to death so… Read More »