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Author Allen Hornblum tells the strange but true story through interviews, police records, and historical research. Readers will marvel at the techniques of ringleader Junior Kripplebauer, who became one of the FBI’s most wanted men, and his wife, Mickie, who would don her black wig and go out and rob homes on her own when she was bored.
Finally, Hornblum describes the transformation of the K&A Gang from a group of blue collar thieves to their work in conjunction with numerous organized crime families and their help to make Philadelphia the “meth” capital of the nation. It is a compelling read about a fascinating bunch of hoodlums.
|Part I||The Birth of a Second Story Man|
|1||North Carolina: The Dixie MAC Machine||3|
|Part II||The K&A Gang|
|5||Road Companies, Brutes, and Safecrackers||55|
|6||The Pottsville Heist||73|
|8||Blue Collar Robin Hoods||109|
|9||Pugilists, Drunks, and Misfits||115|
|Part III||The Life of a K&A Burglar|
|10||Keys to the Kingdom||137|
|11||The Cops Strike Back||155|
|12||Philly's Bonnie and Clyde||175|
|Part IV||The Desperate Years|
|13||On the Run||197|
|14||Courtrooms and Prisons||213|
|15||From Burglary to Drugs||259|
Posted October 4, 2014
As a young boy in the late 60s early 70s. I would listen to my Father talking to his friends as they sat around our dining room table having a few beers . We lived in Fishtown and many of the names in this book would either be there or in their conversations . My Father was not a 2nd story guy. But he was a high jacker of tractor trailers More then once the FBI would ramsack our house as I became a teenager my friends and I would wait for the over the road truckers to come in at night and they would walk down to the local strip club to pass the late night till the meat factory would open. We would cut the lock and most times there was hind quaters of meat . We would share with the neighbors as they were are look out. We would store our take in a warehouse owned by a uncle. This came to a holt when a friend of mine was shot by a police officer . I recall running side by side and the bullets wizzing by our heads until one struck my buddy in his leg .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2008
this was a great book. i grew up in fishtown area & it was interesting to read this story. my mother's family grew up in fairmount & i used to hang out around the eastern state pen. was i was younger visiting my grandmother. i have an uncle who is a retired roofer. i have talked to him about this book & he knew alot of these guys in the book. he has confirmed alot of what the book portrays. it's great to have someone who was around & knew these guys cause then i get alot of other info that the book does not disclose. from what i've gathered, everything is pretty much accurate. i haven't read a book in about 14 years & this was a great startup book to peak my interest in reading again. definitely A+........Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2007
I found this book to be very interesting and inviting. True or not every page keeps your attention and the corpse in the truck It's not nice to laugh at death but that was 'Funny' I believe it happened K&A gang was like that. What a wonderful book......... Love it. Anonymous in Port RichmondWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2006
More than just an instant classic in the true crime genre, this book crosses the great divide into high quality literary non-fiction as it chronicles the fascinating downward spiral of infamous master thief Junior Kripplebauer and the group of Philly criminals he ran with known as the K&A Gang. K&A is short for Kensington and Allegheny, a once bustling street corner in the rugged Kensington section of Philly. Hornblum chronicles the tale of the notorious crew of burglars that terrorized America's rich and got drunk with it's poor from the 1950's to the 1980's. An Urban Studies Professor at Philly's Temple University, Hornblum elevates the material above typical true-crime fare by subtly paralleling the K&A Gang's demise with the deterioration of the once-proud Kensington neighborhood they sprang from. Whether you're a true crime fan or just a fan of riveting story telling, CONFESSIONS OF A SECOND STORY MAN will pull you in and never let up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2006
I was excited to finally get this book, since my Uncle is mentioned. The crazy part is that it all baloney. When he died, he was given the normal (proper)burial and not driven around in a meat truck as stated in this book (isn't abuse of a corpse against the law?). How much of this book is actually fact and did the author ever both to check with family members? (stated in book that there was none)...this IS A DISGRACEWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2006
Absolutely riveting! Find out how a bunch of Philly hoods became the most successful burglars in America. A fast paced, funny and fascinating book. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.