He denies ever answering why he robbed banks by saying, because thats where the money is. Moehringers novel cracks vault on robber willie sutton. Willie sutton born on june 30, 1901 in brooklyn, new york, willie sutton was the fourth of five children. He might be most wellknown for what he said after he was asked why he robbed banks. This is an old book 1953 and it held my interest throughout. These are the hallmarks of all our most infamous bank robbers and their stories. Although willie has a cowriter you get the feeling that willie actually wrote the book or dictated it. I never saw bessie again, he confided in one book, but i dreamed about. Willie sutton was a noted bank robber who gained his apprenticeship under doc tate.
While the bank robber fiddled with a dead battery in his gray 1951. Sutton is the first multigeneration bank robber in history, the first ever to build a lengthy careerit spans four decades. The robbers last ride a novel retells the true story of the bank robber willie suttons final release from prison, on christmas eve, 1969, when he toured the new york haunts of his prime. June 30, 1901 november 2, 1980 was an american bank robber. He attended school through eighth grade, then left home to secure a job. Best bank robbery books a list of books about bank robberies real or fiction. Behind it all is bess, richly imagined as suttons great love and motivation, a beautiful rich girl from across the tracks whose heart the bank robber hopes he can steal enough wealth to buy. The broadway books library of larceny luc sante, general editor for more than fifty years, willie sutton devoted his boundless energy and undoubted genius exclusively to two activities at which he became better than any man in history. The memoirs of a bank robber library of larceny sutton, willie, linn, edward on. Even though willie sutton was busy with a life of crime, spending his days robbing banks or rotting away in prison, sutton still found the time to coauthor two books. I have author ed linns books on bill veeck and leo durocher in my library so when i saw he assisted in authoring willie suttons book i knew it would be a good one. His heists and crimes are set against the backdrop of the great depression in the heart of a gritty 1930s new york. With the recent financial collapse and the big banks only getting bigger and less responsible a story about one of the most prolific bank robbers who is. Americas 1920s, bankrobbing robin hood in his first novel, j.
Sutton reconstructs the story of folkherobank robber willie sutton. Willie sutton was an infamous, indeed legendary, bank robber. Willie sutton biography childhood, life achievements. I have author ed linns books on bill veeck and leo durocher in my library so when i saw he assisted in authoring willie suttons book i knew it would be a good. The law is named after the bank robber willie sutton, who reputedly replied to a reporters inquiry as to why he robbed banks by saying because. Sutton was a bank robber extraordinaire and he relates his experiences in his various heists. See more ideas about bank robber, new york and great depression. The story behind wkbws 1969 exclusive on infamous bank. Booklist starred willie sutton was born in the irish slums of brooklyn in 1901, and he came of age at a time when banks were out of control. Willie sutton, born as william francis sutton, was an american bank robber notorious for his prolific criminal career which lasted for forty years. The memoirs of a bank robber by edward linn and willie sutton 2004, paperback at the best online prices at ebay. Sutton would study the layout of a bank, the number of employees, where the doors were located along with any other factors that needed to be known prior to robbing the bank. Suttons law states that when diagnosing, one should first consider the obvious. The broadway books library of larceny luc sante, general editor for more than fifty years, willie sutton devoted his boundless energy and undoubted genius.
Moehringer is a work of fiction but the protagonist, willie sutton actually existed. In suttons 1976 book where the money was, sutton denies having said this. Moehringer writes from the point of view of willie sutton, whom he calls. Sutton became famous in the 20s and 30s for his brazen daytime robberies, which frequently involved elaborate ruses and costumes such as disguising himself as a postal worker or police officer, and gained further fame after escaping from three different prisons. Sutton saw only one way out and only one way to win the girl of his dreams. In his heyday sutton was the face of american crime, one of a handful of men to make the leap from public enemy to folk hero. Our trusted advisors can help you create security for you and your loved ones. We make it easy to boost your money iq with these resources.
So began the career of americas most successful bank robber. The broadway books library of larcenyluc sante, general editorfor more than fifty years, willie sutton devoted his boundless energy and. His first book was published in 1953 and was written with quentin reynolds was titled i, willie sutton. R moehringers sutton, a historical novel based on the life of bank robber willie sutton, is a delightful, deadon imagining of the legendary bank robbers life. Moehringer does for bank robber willie sutton in this fascinating biographical novel of americas most successful bank robber newsday. Moehringers novel sutton brings to live the misadventures of infamous bank robber willie sutton. Sutton presents a glorious romance, a riveting heist novel, a financial history of the 20th century, a loving portrait of new york, and an empathetic portrait of the bank robber as a young man, all in one crisp, sad, and often hilarious novel. Robbing banks is going to eventually lead to incarceration and sutton relates his experiences in various new york prisons such as sing sing, dannemora, and attica, in addition to eastern state prison in philadelphia. Moehringer september 25, 2012 in moehringers fictional take on real life willie sutton, the notorious depressionera bank robber who was on the fbis first ever most wanted list, he imagines what could have happened if sutton took a newspaper reporter and photographer on a trip down memory lane upon his release from prison. A novel based on the life of willie sutton, the bank robber. His second book, coming out a little more than two decades later in 1976, written with edward linn, was called.
A biographical novel of the notorious bank robber willie sutton. Designed and manufactured as a print sample by lone star printing co. He was a master of disguise who often impersonated a postal telegraph messenger, police officer or maintenance man. Willie sutton, bank robber extraordinaire, has written a book about his exploits and life, which were the basis for the book sutton. Booklist starredwillie sutton was born in the irish slums of brooklyn in 1901, and he came of age at a time when banks were out of control.
Willie sutton was born in the irish slums of brooklyn in 1901, and he came of age at a time when banks were out of control. It is a deeply affecting, highly entertaining book. Bank robber willie sutton 19011980 did rather well at his profession. Carl gugasian born october 12, 1947 is an american prisoner who served a 17year sentence for robbery, known as the friday night bank robber.
His multidecade crime spree extended from the 1910s to the 1950s, when he was caught and incarcerated for the last time. I, willie sutton the amazing story of americas most daring bank robber by reynolds, quentin and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. In chapter one, i chuckled when the prison stated that prisoners arent allowed to have psychology books. Novel about robber willie sutton speaks to everyman book. This is an excellent story of willie sutton, the bank robber, of depressionera america, of crime and punishment and psychology. For his talent at executing robberies in disguises, he gained two nicknames, willie the actor and slick willie. Whether its investing in a more secure future or just learning financial fundamentals we help you win with money at sutton bank. I and new york city police authorities, is a young man in his early or mid. Where the money was is the biography of notorious robber, escape artist, and braggart, willie sutton.386 10 505 1214 647 113 857 1523 473 493 1508 510 1072 733 538 1206 938 1585 147 880 137 663 825 1056 798 950 1374 569 55 1449 186 1491 833 1414 1207 194 1048 261 238 133 207 215 1069 1266 980 1254 891 1491 744 100