Herman "Baron" Lamm, the Father of Modern Bank Robbery

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McFarland, Nov 5, 2012 - Social Science - 271 pages
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Former Prussian soldier Herman "Baron" Lamm (1890-1930) adapted his military training to a much less noble occupation after moving to America, developing a reputation as one of history's most brilliant and efficient bank robbers. Lamm's time fell between Butch Cassidy and John Dillinger's notorious careers, and Lamm never received the attention of the two famous gunslingers. This first full-length biography promotes Lamm from his supporting role, tracing his criminal exploits and his pioneering use of concepts like "casing" a bank and planning escape routes. Analysis of arrest records finds Lamm's genius as a criminal mastermind much overrated, and a detailed examination of the trial transcript of fellow gang members Walter Detrich and James Clark brings to life Lamm's spectacular downfall.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
An Unarmed Prologue
5
I Materials for a Death
15
St Bernice 1924
34
Milwaukee December 8 1924
51
Of Hooligans and Vigilance
58
V Under the Radar at WinstonSalem
73
VI Death Comes to Lafayette
80
X After the most thrilling manhunt ever staged in this part of the country
138
XI The State of Indiana vs Walter E Detrich and James Clark Alias William M Long
154
The Witnesses Speak
163
XIII The Greatest Escape
192
XIV Laid at His Doorstep
208
XV Who Else?
217
Chapter Notes
233
Bibliography
251

VII The Simple Art of Bank RobberyFrankfort Indiana December 3 1930
89
VIII Clinton or The Wheels of Chance
99
IX Youre out of luck
125

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Walter Mittelstaedt is an independent researcher and writer in Bloomington, Illinois. His work has been published in True West.

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