‘Jimmy the Gent’
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
June 28, 2018
It was the largest money heist in American history. It also led to the downfall of all those involved.
In the end, numerous people would be murdered, most at the hands of the one who orchestrated it: Jimmy “the Gent” Burke. As he lay dying in prison, Burke assuredly came to grips with the foolhardiness of his caper, bringing in too much money, too much heat, and too much grief. Read more.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
July 5, 2018
The squirrelly, slightly built, bug-eyed Marty Krugman advertised his men’s only wig business via tacky ads on late-night TV in the late 1970s. When he wasn’t in his shop, he whiled away his hours hanging out with the patrons at Henry Hill’s bar, The Suite, or Jimmy “The Gent” Burke’s haunt, Robert’s Lounge.
Their chatter concerned more than the idle events of the day, as they shared a common criminal endeavor: bookmaking. And through one of Krugman’s gambling clients, Louis Werner, an idea for the biggest heist in American history was born. Read more.
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