204 Criminals Later…

Professional Criminals of America REVISED About a week ago, I finished researching and updating the last of the 204 criminal profiles included in Thomas Byrnes's 1886 edition of Professional Criminals of America. This had been a year-long project, and one that I undertook thinking that the result might be adapted to print format. However, after... Continue Reading →

King of Burglars

While researching old-time crooks as part of my Professional Criminals of America--REVISED blog project, I came across a "lost" treasure. Maximilian Schoenbein, known to the public as Max Shinburn, was the most famous bank robber of the 1860s. In 1913, three years before he died, 74-year-old Shinburn wrote a series of eleven articles for the... Continue Reading →

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