Brooklyn's Robin Hood

Einblicke Willie Sutton, aufgrund seines Habitus und später seiner Aussagen eine Art Held des Volkes, ist eine der schillerndsten Figuren der amerikanischen Kriminalgeschichte. Versuch einer Sammlung

Gesellschaft und Rebellion

"William Francis Sutton war ein zarter, stiller, kluger Junge. Im lärmerfüllten, stickigen Backsteindschungel der Slums des New Yorker Stadtteils Brooklyn wuchs er auf und wurde der größte, ausgekochteste Bankräuber der Vereinigten Staaten. Das war seine Art, gegen eine Gesellschaft zu rebellieren, die ihm keine Chance geben wollte." Spiegel Online

One of the most colorful

"Known as Slick Willie and Willie the Actor, William Francis Sutton can be reffered to as one of the most colorful bank robbers in history. He was not only clever at breaking into places, but also breaking out as demonstrated by his three prison escapes. This is the place for the true stories of many of his escapades" Willie Sutton Official

Famous cases and criminals

"Born on June 30, 1901 in Brooklyn, New York, Willie Sutton was the fourth of five children. He attended school through eighth grade, then left home to secure a job. Sutton’s employment included jobs as a clerk, a driller, and a gardener. His longest continuous employment lasted 18 months. Sutton was married in 1929, but his wife divorced him after he was incarcerated. He remarried in 1933. Before his death, Sutton co-authored "I, Willie Sutton" and "Where the Money Was.'" FBI.gov

Career and coincidence

"The criminal career of bank robber Willie 'The Actor' Sutton ended in Brooklyn on Feb. 18, 1952. He was apprehended by police after being recognized on the subway by a young clothing salesman named Arnold Schuster." Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Sixty years later

"NYPD patrol cop Donald Shea spent his first four years on the job carrying a folded piece of paper that served as a wanted poster for William Francis Sutton. Better known as 'Willie the Actor' and 'Slick Willie', Sutton was the most famous bank robber in America, as well as a notorious prison escape artist. Nabbed three times over a 25-year criminal career, he broke out three times and stole some $2 million from banks. Shea had kept Sutton’s picture in his police memo book for so long it had become torn and faded." New York Post

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