Storming Las Vegas

How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and $3 Million
Author: John Huddy
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345504708
Category: True Crime
Page: 384
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“In my world, you are either the hunter or the prey, and I am the hunter. Vegas was my prey. I tell my crew: Vegas makes it, Vigoa takes it.” –Jose Vigoa[pg. 37] When it comes to violent crime, the Las Vegas cops and casino owners thought they had seen it all. But they had never witnessed anything like Jose Vigoa. Born in Cuba, a child of Fidel Castro’s revolution, Vigoa used his quick wits and quicker fists to trade a life of poverty and desperation for one of danger and adventure as a Soviet-trained special forces officer. Battle hardened in the killing fields of Afghanistan and Angola, Vigoa won a reputation for toughness, bravery, and coolness under fire. A brilliant military career lay ahead of him. Then, in 1980, Castro opened Cuba’s floodgates in the Mariel boatlift, and Vigoa, like so many of his countrymen and -women, braved chaos and hardship to start a new life in America’s promised land. But involvement with the drug trade brought his dreams crashing down. Years of prison followed. On his release, Vigoa was determined to take revenge on what he perceived as the corrupt power structure of Las Vegas. On September 20, 1998, the former Spetsnaz lieutenant launched what would be the most audacious and ruthless series of high-profile casino and armored car robberies that Las Vegas had ever seen. In a brazen sixteen-month-long reign of terror, he and his tightly disciplined crew would hit the crème de la crème of Vegas hotels: the MGM, the Desert Inn, the New York-New York, the Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio. They struck hard and fast, then vanished without a trace. Millions of dollars were stolen. Two brave men were gunned down in cold blood; others were wounded. And yet the robberies were so well planned and executed that the police–“the stupids,” as Vigoa contemptuously referred to them–were all but helpless. Not Lt. John Alamshaw. The twenty-three-year veteran, in charge of robbery detectives, was not giving up so easily. For him, Vigoa’s rampage was a personal affront. And he would do whatever it took, even risk his badge, to bring Vigao down. With exclusive access to all the major players, including Vigoa and Alamshaw, veteran journalist and network producer John Huddy is the perfect man to tell the gripping never-before-told story of this harrowing true-crime drama that will leave readers breathless. From the Hardcover edition.

Identity and Survival

Sikh Militancy in India 1978-1993
Author: Kirpal Dhillon
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9385890387
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 432
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Drawing on his experiences in Punjab as director general of police from 3 July 1984—within weeks of Operation Blue Star—to 22 August 1985, Kirpal Dhillon writes about the phase of militancy in the state as not just a law and order problem but a question of Sikh nationalism, of a minority under threat. This is an insider’s view of the factors that bedeviled Punjab for close to two decades. Coming from a man who witnessed the drama first-hand and analyzed its historical causes, this book is a valuable addition to literature on the Sikh community’s darkest years—a phase that is not necessarily over.

Uniform Decisions

My Life in the LAPD and TheNorth Hollywood Shootout
Author: John Caprarelli
Publisher: End of Watch
ISBN: N.A
Category: True Crime
Page: N.A
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End of Watch Publishing presents "Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and the North Hollywood Shootout," by Retired LAPD Officer John Caprarelli.After a botched robbery at a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood, two robbers armed with fully automatic assault rifles and wearing full body armor fired more than 1,100 rounds as they battled police.Eleven officers and two civilians were wounded. The two robbers, Emil Matasareanu and Larry Eugene Phillips Jr., were killed by gunfire.Officer John Caprarelli was one of the first officers at the scene. Before a national TV audience, he confronted one of the robbers, provoking a gun battle and exchanging numerous shots before the gunman fell.Officer Caprarelli was awarded the LAPD's highest honor, the Medal of Valor, as well as a National Top Cops Award. In this memoir, John gives the reader a rare glimpse into his private life along with vivid recollections of events during his 27 year career with the LAPD culminating with a detailed breakdown of his thoughts and actions during the infamous bank robbery.

Ranger Games

A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
Author: Ben Blum
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385538448
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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"A gloriously good writer...Ranger Games is both surprising and moving...A memorable, novelistic account."—Jennifer Senior, New York Times Intricate, heartrending, and morally urgent, Ranger Games is a crime story like no other Alex Blum was a good kid, a popular high school hockey star from a tight-knit Colorado family. He had one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. He poured everything into achieving his dream. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and beloved girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery... The question that haunted the entire Blum family was: Why? Why would he ruin his life in such a spectacularly foolish way? At first, Alex insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. His attorney presented a case based on the theory that the Ranger indoctrination mirrored that of a cult. In the midst of his own personal crisis, and in the hopes of helping both Alex and his splintering family cope, Ben Blum, Alex’s first cousin, delved into these mysteries, growing closer to Alex in the process. As he probed further, Ben began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery. A charismatic combat veteran, Sommer’s manipulative tendencies combined with a magnetic personality pulled Ben into a relationship that put his loyalties to the test.

Force & Fear

Robbery in Canada
Author: Frederick John Desroches
Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press
ISBN: 9781551302188
Category: Social Science
Page: 297
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Eighty convicted bank robbers, the Canadian penitentiary service, and police departments across the country have all actively contributed to Desroches' quest to uncover why an individual embarks on a crime for which the proceeds are minimal, the arrest rate high and the jail sentence long. The first book of its kind, Force and Fear: Robbery in Canada examines robbery not just as a crime, but as a criminal event. The author looks at offender motivation and social background, responses to robberies by the criminal justice system, and interaction between robber and victim.

The Sikh unrest and the Indian state

politics, personalities, and historical retrospective
Author: Ram Narayan Kumar
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Punjab (India)
Page: 445
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A First-Hand Account Of The Police And Politics In The 20Th Century Punjab-Connected As He Was With Decision Making And Actual Conduct Of The Public Affairs. Police Officers, Administrators, Politicians And Publicmen Would Find It Of Interest.

Seven Million

A Cop, a Priest, a Soldier for the IRA, and the Still-Unsolved Rochester Brink's Heist
Author: Gary Craig
Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 1512600628
Category: True Crime
Page: 296
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On a freezing night in January 1993, masked gunmen walked through the laughably lax security at the Rochester Brink's depot, tied up the guards, and unhurriedly made off with $7.4 million in one of the FBI's top-five armored car heists in history. Suspicion quickly fell on a retired Rochester cop working security for Brinks at the time-as well it might. Officer Tom O'Connor had been previously suspected of everything from robbery to murder to complicity with the IRA. One ex-IRA soldier in particular was indebted to O'Connor for smuggling him and his girlfriend into the United States, and when he was caught in New York City with $2 million in cash from the Brink's heist, prosecutors were certain they finally had enough to nail O'Connor. But they were wrong. In Seven Million, the reporter Gary Craig meticulously unwinds the long skein of leads, half-truths, false starts, and dead ends, taking us from the grim solitary pens of Northern Ireland's Long Kesh prison to the illegal poker rooms of Manhattan to the cold lakeshore on the Canadian border where the body parts began washing up. The story is populated by a colorful cast of characters, including cops and FBI agents, prison snitches, a radical priest of the Melkite order who ran a home for troubled teenagers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and the IRA rebel who'd spent long years jailed in one of Northern Ireland's most brutal prisons and who was living underground in New York posing as a comics dealer. Finally, Craig investigates the strange, sad fate of Ronnie Gibbons, a down-and-out boxer and muscle-for-hire in illegal New York City card rooms, who was in on the early planning of the heist, and who disappeared one day in 1995 after an ill-advised trip to Rochester to see some men about getting what he felt he was owed. Instead, he got was what was coming to him. Seven Million is a meticulous re-creation of a complicated heist executed by a variegated and unsavory crew, and of its many repercussions. Some of the suspects are now dead, some went to jail; none of them are talking about the robbery or what really happened to Ronnie Gibbons. And the money? Only a fraction was recovered, meaning that most of the $7 million is still out there somewhere.

Heist

The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft
Author: Jeff Diamant
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1492625175
Category: True Crime
Page: 272
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The inspiration behind the major motion picture Masterminds starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis! The bizarre true story of the criminals behind the second-largest bank heist in American history. One night in a small North Carolina town, a down-on-his-luck guard at Loomis Fargo manages to steal $17 million-literally more than one ton of cash. Despite being caught on camera wheeling the money from the vault to the getaway van, David Ghantt makes off to Mexico before the FBI can blink. There's just one hitch: Ghantt has entrusted the money to an oddball crew of accomplices who had wooed him into committing this massive theft in the first place-and who, he soon learns, are trying to take him out. Now one of the most wanted men in America with the FBI hot on his heels, Ghantt must figure out how to get his money, get away from a hit man, and get even. In this outrageously entertaining book, Jeff Diamant, the Charlotte Observer's lead reporter on the case, offers the definitive inside account of this astonishing true story that has captivated American audiences on the news and now on the big screen in the major motion picture, Masterminds.

The Sons

Made in Sweden
Author: Anton Svensson
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 1681443406
Category: Fiction
Page: 586
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The thrilling sequel to the ripped-from-the-headlines crime novel about three brothers who became Sweden's most wanted criminals, and the father who made them that way. After six years in prison, Leo Duvnjac is free. Prosecuted for numerous crimes--including ten bank robberies, planting a bomb in Stockholm's Central Station, and pulling off northern Europe's largest-ever weapons theft--he was convicted of just two robberies in the end. Unreformed, Leo has spent his imprisonment plotting one final heist, but he only has a brief window following his release to pull it off. The plan is to steal more than 100 million Swedish crowns from Sweden's largest police station--and then disappear forever. It is a decision that will threaten what remains of his relationships with his father and brothers, who also went to prison for the earlier robberies, and set him on a collision course with the aggressive cop who sent them to jail, John Broncks.

Dangerous To Know

An Australasian Crime Compendium
Author: James Morton,Morton and Lobez,Susanna Lobez
Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
ISBN: 9780522859447
Category: True Crime
Page: 576
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From the bestselling authors of Gangland Australia comes Dangerous to Know, an A to Z of Australasian crimes, criminals and their victims. James Morton and Susanna Lobez have trawled through written records to compile this snappy yet comprehensive account of the bad, mad and plain notorious. All the names are here, from Ronald Ryan (the last man hanged in Australia), to the Carlton Crew. An unmissable book, in one handy volume, for anyone who wants to know all there is to know about Australia's dark underbelly.

Breaking the Bank

An extraordinary colonial robbery
Author: Carol Baxter
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781741763683
Category: History
Page: 360
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A fast-paced history of Colonial Sydney that tells the extraordinary story of the country's largest ever bank robbery and the people caught up in its wake - from the author of An Irresistible Temptation.

O'HARA'S FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

(8th Ed.)
Author: DeVere D. Woods
Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher
ISBN: 0398088462
Category: Social Science
Page: 620
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Charles and Gregory O’Hara’s Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation has served as the “Bible” of criminal investigation for many years. The author of this new edition has prepared this text for a new generation of criminal investigators in such a way that they will learn what is meant by a complete investigation and acquaint themselves with the proofs of the most important crimes. In addition, they will become familiar with the employment of technical methods and services that are available. The tools of the investigator are referred to as the three “I’s,” namely, “Information,” “Interrogation,” and “Instru-mentation.” In view of this factor, the technological advancements in forensic science, practices of criminalistics, computerization, electronic databases, and the Internet are presented, including the time honored methods of collecting information that are still effective and utilized. Among the changes in this new edition include crime analysis, criminal profiling, theories of investigation, ethics of investigation, the “CSI” effect, cold case investigation, digital photography, computer crime and digital crime scenes, and the Internet as an investigative tool. The book presents an overview of criminal investigation, the investigative notebook and report, crime scene procedures and physical evidence, obtaining information through surveillance and informants, selected property offenses, violent crimes, drugs and gangs, and the investigator in court. The “Additional Reading” sections, at the end of each chapter and the glossary of useful criminal investigation terms have been updated. The presentation of material in this book is directed to the beginning student of investigation, but experienced investigators and supervisors will find this text an excellent resource.

The Gang They Couldn't Catch

The Story of America's Greatest Modern-day Bank Robbers--and how They Got Away with it
Author: Debra Weyermann
Publisher: Poseidon Press
ISBN: 9780671731311
Category: Social Science
Page: 366
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Recounts the largest bank robbery in United States history, and describes how questionable tactics used by the FBI led to the acquittal of their main suspects

The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block


Author: Daniel J. Wakin
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1628728493
Category: History
Page: N.A
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They stand proudly gazing across the Hudson River at the cliffs of New Jersey. Their brows are marked by ornamental pediments. Greek columns stand as sentries by their entrances and stone medallions bedeck their chests. They are seven graceful relics of Beaux Arts New York, townhouses built more than 100 years ago for a new class of industrialists, actors and scientists -- many from abroad -- who made their fortunes in the United States and shaped the lives of Americans. This book brings to life the ghosts who inhabit that row of townhouses on Manhattan’s stately Riverside Drive for the first fifty years of the 20th Century, including a vicious crew of hoodlums who carried out what at the time was the largest armored car robbery in American history. It was a daring, minutely planned exploit that ended in blood, when one of the gangsters accidentally shot himself. He was taken to one of the townhouses -- then, in 1934, an underworld safehouse -- where he died and was stuffed in a steamer trunk (but his cohorts had to saw off one of his legs to fit him in it). From gangsters to industrialists, from future mayors to murderers, from movie stars to mafia dons, one block in a burgeoning city saw it all. The people who lived in each of the "Seven Sisters" reads like a mini Who's Who. Meet: * Percy Geary and John Oley, two Albany gangsters with a background in kidnapping and bootlegging; * Lucretia Davis, baking powder heiress whose parents were engaged in a bitter divorce that included allegations that her mother was trying get her father declared insane and take over his business; * Jokichi Takamine, the world's first biotech engineer and a rare Japanese scientist in the United States at the turn of the 19th century--He discovered diastase, an enzyme to ferment whisky and settle the stomach, and the adrenaline, a major scientific discovery; * Marion Davies, the mistress of William Randolph Hearst, who rose to movie stardom on the back of W.R.'s publicity machine while living on the block; * Julia Marlowe, American's greatest Shakespearean actress around 1900, just to name a few. If only the buildings could speak. * The Fabers of pencil fame * Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (Albany gang made famous by William Kennedy) * Duke Ellington, two mayors, and lurking in the background Legs Diamond.... If only the walls could talk? Dan Wakins makes it so in this unforgettable intimate glimpse into the history of New York City.

Heist and High


Author: Anthony Curcio,Dane Batty
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780985794507
Category: Self-Help
Page: 286
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The media called him "D.B. Tuber" and the "Craigslist Robber." They said the heist was like "The Thomas Crown Affair" and the robber was "a modern day Robin Hood stealing from the rich." He was the talk of the town and even national media. The detective who caught him said the robbery had "all the preparation of a top-notch heist by an experienced criminal." Anthony Curcio got away with over $400,000 and went to Vegas. . . then got caught and put in prison. But how did an all-American high school football star, a kid with a sure shot at being an all-star college wide receiver, and maybe even fulfilling his dream of going to the NFL, end up robbing a Brink's armored truck? Prescription painkillers. "Prescription drug users are your judges, your police officers, your professional athletes, your bosses, your coworkers, your entertainers, your pastor, his wife, your wife, your kid's school teacher. . . and even you." Heist and High is the story of Anthony s decent from a life full of promise into the hell of prescription drug addiction, the destruction it caused, and his willingness to do anything- even rob an armored truck- for what he thought would be that one last fix.

Prince of Thieves

A Novel
Author: Chuck Hogan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743270519
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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From the author of The Strain comes a tense, psychologically gripping, Hammet award-winning thriller. Four masked men—thieves, rivals, and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown—take on a Boston bank at gunpoint. Holding bank manager Claire Keesey hostage and cleaning out the vault were simple. But career criminal Doug MacRay didn't plan on one thing: falling hard for Claire. When he tracks her down without his mask and gun, their mutual attraction is undeniable. With a tenacious FBI agent following his every move, he imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work—a life centered around Claire. But before that can happen, Doug and his crew learn that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Risky yet utterly irresistible, it would be the perfect heist to end his criminal career and begin a new life. But, as it turns out, pursuing Claire may be the most dangerous act of all. Racing to an explosive climax, Prince of Thieves is a brash tale of robbery in all its forms—and an unforgettable odyssey of crime, love, ambition, and dreams.

Bosstown

A Novel
Author: Adam Abramowitz
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 1466887699
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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"Abramowitz brings Boston alive with rich descriptions and caffeine-fueled dialogue." —Publishers Weekly Zesty Meyers is Bosstown’s fastest bike messenger—caffeine fueled, wise-cracking and reckless—accustomed to hurtling through Boston’s kamikaze streets at breakneck speed, always just a bumper or car door away from disaster. Will Meyers is Zesty’s father, Beantown’s former backroom poker king and political fixer, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and a growing dread that the Big Dig, carving its way through some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, will expose the bodies and secrets he’d assumed were buried forever. When the heist of an armored truck goes violently wrong, Zesty is forced to navigate a gritty underworld of gangsters and blood money, desperately trying to outrace his family’s criminal past and stay alive in a changing city where death loiters on every corner and the odds of survival have narrowed to pulling a straight flush on the river. Adam Abramowitz's Bosstown, a local treat, is a story of harrowing high speeds, desperately high stakes and more twists than a Boston street. For Zesty, it’s the toughest ride yet—and every path leads home.

Terrorism As Crime

From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond
Author: Mark S. Hamm
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814737453
Category: Social Science
Page: 271
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Car bombing, suicide bombing, abduction, smuggling, homicide, and hijacking are all profoundly criminal acts. In Terrorism as Crime Mark S. Hamm presents an understanding of terrorism from a criminological point of view, arguing that the most successful way to understand, detect, prosecute and deter these acts is to use conventional criminal investigation methods. Whether in Oklahoma City or London, Terrorism as Crime demonstrates that criminal activity is the lifeblood of terrorist groups and that there are simple common denominators at work that can remove the mystery surrounding many of these terrorist groups. Once understood the vulnerabilities of these organizations can be exposed. This important volume focuses in on six case studies of crimes committed by jihad and domestic right wing groups, including biographies of more than two dozen terrorists along with descriptions of their organizations, strategies, and terrorist plots. Terrorism as Crime offers an original and significant framework for explaining international and domestic terrorism, as well as how future acts might be detected or exposed.

Feelers


Author: Brian M Wiprud
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781429919258
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Morty Martinez is known in the industry of estate liquidation as a "feeler." If you were to look him up in the Brooklyn yellow pages, he would be listed under "home content removal," but his real job is looking for stashes of cash crammed into tin cans that have been left out of wills, kept out of banks, and hidden away for decades by the frugal elderly suspicious of ATMs and the IRS. When Morty hits upon the biggest score of his life, over $800,000.00, he knows that news travels fast and he must operate quickly and carefully to safeguard his booty, his life and his destiny as patrician of a seaside Mexican village. But what he doesn't know is that there are others after the same buried treasure, including the recently paroled prison assassin Danny Kessel.

Money to Burn


Author: Ricardo Piglia,Amanda Hopkinson
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 209
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An international best seller, Money to Burn combines sharp psychological insight and witty dialogue with the mores of prison subculture