"Yellow Kid" Weil: The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler

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AK Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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Bilked bankers, grifted gamblers, and swindled spinsters: welcome to the world of confidence men.

You'll marvel at the elaborate schemes developed by The Yellow Kid and cry for the marks who lost it all to his ingenuity—$8,000,000 by some estimations. Fixed horse races, bad real-estate deals, even a money-making machine—all were tools of the trade for the Kid and his associates: the Swede, the Butterine Kid, the Harmony Kid, Fats Levine, and others. The Sting (1973), starring Paul Newman and based largely on the story of the Yellow Kid, is entertaining, but is no match for the real deal.

 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Chapter 1 Early Adventures in Chicanery
3
Chapter 2 Chicanery in Chicago
13
Chapter 3 A Tip for Mr Macallister
21
Chapter 4 How to Beat the Horses
41
Chapter 5 Two Unwary Strangers
48
Chapter 6 From Nags to Riches
60
Chapter 7 Giving Away Real Estate
74
Chapter 15 The Man with a Beard
162
Chapter 16 The Faro Bank Payoff
174
Chapter 17 Meet Me in St Louis
192
Chapter 18 The Law Catches Up
209
Chapter 19 Magic Money
212
Chapter 20 The Hotel Martinique
233
Chapter 21 The Leavenworth Country Club
236
Chapter 22 The Comtesse and The Kid
240

Chapter 8 The GetRichQuick Bank
87
Chapter 9 Red Letter Days
96
Chapter 10 Millionaires and Murder
106
Chapter 11 I Tried To Go Straight
130
Chapter 12 Easy Money on Rainy Days
142
Chapter 13 A Deal with Father Flanagan
151
Chapter 14 Some Credit and Lots of Cash
155
Chapter 23 The Case of the Refugee
252
Chapter 24 A Proposition for A Hitler
265
Chapter 25 Tricks of the Trade
269
Chapter 26 The Little Things Count
282
Chapter 27 Where the Money Went
288
Chapter 28 The Last Word
292
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About the author (2011)

J.R. Weil: J.R. "Yellow Kid" Weil (1875–1976) was a successful confidence man working mainly out of the Chicago area. His elaborate schemes, however, took him all over the world.

W.T. Brannon: W.T. Brannon was a St. Petersburg, Florida-based journalist. He passed away in 1981.

Bruno Ruhland: Bruno Ruhland is the editor of AK Press's Nabat Series. He's a veteran of the Bay Area book world. Bruno is a long time employee of Moe's Books in Berkeley and the Bound Together book collective in San Francisco.

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