Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K & A Gang

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From the 1950s to the 1970s, from Bar Harbor to Boca Raton, the raging crew known as the K&A Gang robbed wealthy suburban residences with assembly line skills of breaking, entering, and bagging the loot - be it rare coin collections or priceless paintings. The gang’s success infuriated homeowners up and down the East Coast, while baffling police. Confessions of a Second Story Man follows the gang as they move in and out of homes, courtrooms, and prisons, and even go on the ...
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Overview

From the 1950s to the 1970s, from Bar Harbor to Boca Raton, the raging crew known as the K&A Gang robbed wealthy suburban residences with assembly line skills of breaking, entering, and bagging the loot - be it rare coin collections or priceless paintings. The gang’s success infuriated homeowners up and down the East Coast, while baffling police. Confessions of a Second Story Man follows the gang as they move in and out of homes, courtrooms, and prisons, and even go on the run.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569804995
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 311,257
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen M. Hornblum is an author, lecturer, and former college professor. He has held numerous positions in the criminal justice arena including, Chief-of-Staff of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, and the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System. Mr. Hornblum resides in Philadelphia, PA.
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Table of Contents

Prologue ix
Part I The Birth of a Second Story Man
1 North Carolina: The Dixie MAC Machine 3
2 "Junior" 15
Part II The K&A Gang
3 Kensington 29
4 Production Work 41
5 Road Companies, Brutes, and Safecrackers 55
6 The Pottsville Heist 73
7 Natural Selection 85
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
Epilogue 275
Acknowledgments 287
Notes 291
Index 298
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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    great book for anyone from the fishtown/kensington/fairmount area

    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+........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Very Interesting book

    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 Richmond

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    An instant true-crime classic...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    Where did the author get his information from?

    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 DISGRACE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    The Best True Crime Book of 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!

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