The Crime of the Century: How the Brinks Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston


The first history in thirty years of Boston's most celebrated heist details the inside story of what was dubbed "the crime of the century" and how the robbery caught the imagination of Boston and the world.

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The first history in thirty years of Boston's most celebrated heist details the inside story of what was dubbed "the crime of the century" and how the robbery caught the imagination of Boston and the world.

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"This is a stick-up." What began with four simple words on January 17, 1950, became the Great Brinks Robbery, the biggest heist in American history. The seven thieves who pulled off the Brinks armored car job in garish Halloween masks left almost no clues; the FBI and Beantown police were reduced to sifting through gangster rumors and other false leads. The Crime of the Century tracks the notorious crime from planning to exposure and beyond.
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The petty criminals who robbed the Brink's garage in Boston's North End nearly 60 years ago are among the city's favorite folk heroes. Author Stephanie Schorow, formerly a reporter at the Boston Herald, enlivens her book with new material from police archives and her own hunt for the money still missing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933212548
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 420,524
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Schorow is a former reporter for the Boston Herald and a freelance writer focusing on topics of regional and national interest. She is the author of Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston and The Cocoanut Grove Fire. She lives in Medford, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Cleaned Out     1
"Biggest Robbery in U.S. History"     9
The Investigation Begins     23
Meet the Masterminds     45
No Detail Left to Chance     69
"The Crime of the Century"     87
The Noose Tightens     98
Breaking Specky     116
The Trial of the Century     134
Lights, Camera, Robbery     155
The Myths     173
Does Crime Pay?     184
Afterword     199
A Brief time Line of the Brink's Robbery     205
Acknowledgments     209
Notes     211
Sources     223
Index     229
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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    The Great Brinks Robbery - Boston, MA

    This is a wonderful book for anybody that loves Boston history, or maybe just great crimes committed in general. The book goes into great detail about how the robbery was thought of from beginning, to end. It has photographs of the men who made this crime a part of U.S. history. - The author has accurate descriptions, as well as great research. The book is both touching, and thrilling, as well as provocative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

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    'This is Brink's. We are cleaned out. We are cleaned out.' That's how the world first learned of what was then the largest heist in U.S. history - 350 pounds of money was taken by a gang of masked bandits that managed to pull the job without hurting anyone (not until afterward, anyway, when a series of mysterious deaths in the underworld left some to wonder). The many students of this immortal crime and spectacular trial are well served by this most recent retelling. Newly opened police archives lend new detail, dozens of photos are included, and the author is a superb storyteller. Her prose is carefully polished, the descriptions are evocative, and her portraits of the inveterate thieves and hustlers who did it is deft and engaging. The Brink's guards, suspected of involvement, were 'grilled to the point of trauma.' The author captures the public reaction so well ('What was not to admire? No one was hurt. The guards were shaken up, sure, but not a shot was fired. And Brink's -- what was Brink's but a Chicago-based company that didn't live up to its reputation as a bastion of well-oiled, fortress-tight security? Brink's was the real culprit.') And any author who can manage to make the history of Brink's interesting deserves a medal. This was a meticulously planned heist with such shocking results. The newspapers pulled out their biggest type. And despite the fact that the subsequent trial was 'an all-men show' -- the first great criminal trial without sex or romance, 'without even a woman's shadow' (Boston Post), the theft has garnered a fortune for more than the gang who did it. As the author states, 'If you lined up all those who profited from the million-dollar Brink's heist, the robbers would probably stand at the end of the line. For decades reporters, writers, and moviemakers have seen green in the dramatization of the robbery.' Now Stephanie Schorow can add her own name to that list, but unlike the original band of thugs, she deserves her reward. To top this book, a future author would have to find the still-missing loot -- and even then would have a more awesome challenge trying to best the storytelling skills on display here.

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