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September 1, 1965

Mercury, Manhattan, KS

Mrs. Bettie Smith was faced by a gun-toting bandit at her post in a Kansas City, Kans. area savings and loan office. She handed over $685 and the thug ordered her to stay in the...
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September 1, 1965

Daily News, Philadelphia, PA

In Philadelphia, Pa., August Ausmanis was approached in his grocery store by a man who asked for some ham. As Ausmanis went to fill the order the man asked the grocer's wife for...
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September 1, 1965

Herald Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

As Culver City, Calif., package goods store owner Curt Hager entered his shop by a rear door, he observed his clerk and a customer lying on the floor. Quickly returning to adjacent...
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September 1, 1965

Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

Charles Bonura was informed by his wife that an unidentified man had entered the Kenner, La., home of his 76-year-old mother next door. Bonura got his revolver and went to investigate....
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August 1, 1965

The News, Detroit, MI

Aroused from the back of his Detroit, Mich., area store by early morning noises, Novatus Johnson got his 12-ga. shotgun and surprised an intruder prying open a window-screen with...
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August 1, 1965

Sunday News, New York, NY

William Brown was approached in his Newark, N.J., shop by a man and woman. The man, with his hand jammed in his pocket as if he were carrying a gun, demanded the contents of the safe....
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August 1, 1965

The Gazette, Phoenix, AZ

Two men entered the Phoenix, Ariz., store of Lynn D. Loui and purchased some groceries. As Loui made change, one of the men pointed a pistol at him and forced him to empty the cash...
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August 1, 1965

Daily News, Dayton, OH

Mrs. Dee Brookshire entered her Dayton, Ohio confectionary store at 1:30 A.M. to check equipment in the basement. Hearing a noise, she quietly picked up a shotgun. Finding an intruder ...
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August 1, 1965

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ

When Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zamie were confronted by a pistol-wielding bandit demanding money from their Phoenix, Ariz., tavern, Mr. Zamie complied. However, as the robber turned to...
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July 1, 1965

The Tennessean, Nashville, TN

Two men, acting strangely, entered the North Nashville, Tenn., grocery store of Wayne C. Garner and ordered cigarettes. Garner placed the cigarettes on the counter with one hand...
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July 1, 1965

Sun Times, Chicago, IL

Three bandits entered the Chicago, Ill., grocery store of Mrs. Alberta Lathon and demanded money. When she produced the cash one of the thugs slugged her. As the robbers turned...
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July 1, 1965

Daily Tribune, San Gabriel Valley, CA

El Monte, Calif., package goods store clerk William A. Love was held at bay by two armed thugs. Love put $400 on the counter. As one of the bandits started to scoop up the money,...
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July 1, 1965

Journal, Jacksonville, FL

When Jacksonville, Fla., storekeeper Homer Thomas was confronted by an armed man who said, "Give me what you've got under the counter," Thomas whipped out a cal. .25 pistol and fired....
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July 1, 1965

Herald Tribune, New York, NY

Jaime Montalvo was in the back room of his Brooklyn, N.Y., grocery store when he heard someone tell his clerk, "This is a stick up." Montalvo grabbed a cal. .38 revolver, for which...
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June 1, 1965

Drug Topics, CO

As Raymond A. Nielsen, a druggist in Denver, Colo., watched two gunmen herd several customers into the back of his store, one of the bandits fired a shot at him. Nielsen dropped...
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June 1, 1965

Register, New Haven, CT

In his New Haven, Conn., package goods store, Walter Pashkowsky was approached by two men who demanded money. After handing over $100, and as the pair started to leave, Pashkowsky...
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June 1, 1965

Tribune, Chicago, IL

Three would-be bandits, one armed, entered Henry Aldama's, Chicago, Ill., grocery store and demanded money. Aldama handed over the cash register receipts and told them there wasn't...
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June 1, 1965

Post, Washington, DC

When a robber placed a gun at the head of Washington, D.C., storekeeper Arthur D'Appolito's wife and said "Shut up," the D'Appolito's German shepherd dog lunged at the gunman throwing...
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June 1, 1965

Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA

Awakened by a noise in her Coatesville, Pa., home, Mrs. Rose McCullough took a pistol and went to investigate. When she opened her bedroom door, she was grabbed by an assailant....
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May 1, 1965

Daily Record, Lawrenceville, IL

After W.C. Siddens' auto supply store in Lawrenceville, Ill., had been broken into twice within a short time, he decided to spend the night in the store. Before Siddens could even...
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May 1, 1965

Herald, Miami, FL

As Jaime Kopetman, a storekeeper in Miami, Fla., was being forced toward the safe with a shotgun at his back, the noise of a truck turning into the store driveway distracted the armed...
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May 1, 1965

Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

After handing over money to a bandit armed with a hunting knife and as the man moved toward the door, Philadelphia, Pa., drug store owner Phillip Lutheran grabbed a .32 revolver and...
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May 1, 1965

News-Sentinel, Knoxville, TN

Charles Owens, sleeping in a back room of his Cleveland, Tenn., grocery store-service station because of previous burglaries in the area, heard a window in the store break. Owens...
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May 1, 1965

States-Item, New Orleans, LA

Two armed bandits entered a drug store in New Orleans, La., and threatened the owner's wife, Mrs. Barbara Hunnicutt. They looted the narcotics cabinet and took $100 from the cash...
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April 1, 1965

News-Free Press, Chattanooga, TN

Two men entered a Chattanooga, Tenn., service station and asked attendant Lawrence Witt for cigarettes. As the men started out the door, one turned around, pointed a cal. .22 pistol...
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April 1, 1965

News Press, Santa Barbara, CA

Attracted by the scream of a guest in his Tulare, Calif., home, A.C. Nicholson armed himself with a shotgun and confronted a man attempting to steal Mrs. Nicholson's purse. The burglar...
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April 1, 1965

Post, Palm Beach, FL

Woodrow Smith was awakened in the early morning hours by a noise from his Palm Beach, Fla., general store next door. Armed with a cal. .38 pistol, Smith went to investigate. As...
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April 1, 1965

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

Taylorsville, Ky., farmer Roscoe Poe was alone in his home watching television when two men armed with a pistol and a shotgun broke into his house. Hearing the noise, Poe grabbed...
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April 1, 1965

Toledo Blade, Toledo, OH

When Columbus, Ohio, bar owner Mrs. Helen McCoy found two men ransacking her place of business, she fired twice at the thugs, and then held them at gun point until police arrived....
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April 1, 1965

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ

When three men attempted to hold up Rilus Graham's Phoenix, Ariz., package goods store, the proprietor grabbed a pistol and fired seven shots at the thugs, one of whom fell seriously...
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March 1, 1965

Appeal Tribune, Silverton, OR

J.L. Campbell, operator of Silver Falls Lodge near Silverton, Oreg., was awakened by his wife who had heard noises in the main part of the lodge. Campbell, armed with a .22 pistol, ...
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March 1, 1965

Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA

From his residence in the rear of his store in Duncan Mills, Calif., Silvio DeCarly heard noises and saw a light flashing inside the store. DeCarly called the sheriff's office and...
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March 1, 1965

Herald-Post, El Paso, TX

Alerted by a noise from the direction of their dining room, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. [Chuck] Wylie of El Paso, Tex., both armed themselves and went to investigate. In the dining room they ...
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March 1, 1965

Daily Journal, Rapid City, SD

As Donald Carter of Rapid City, S. Dak., passed a service station in the early morning hours, he noticed a man entering the station through a window. Carter hurried to his home, told...
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February 1, 1965

Post, Denver, CO

The sound of breaking glass awakened Alfred A. Redington and his wife in their living quarters above their Denver, Colo., cafe. Armed with his 12-ga. shotgun, Redington went to a...
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February 1, 1965

Messenger and Inquirer, Owensboro, KY

Joe Christian, manager of a grocery store in Owensboro, Ky., saw his cashier, Ronnie Payne, being held up. Christian got a .45 automatic and followed the robber out the front door....
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February 1, 1965

Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA

Reaching toward the cash register to comply with a gunman's demand for money, grocery store owner John R. Ambrose of Long Beach, Calif., instead picked up his cal. .38 pistol. The...
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February 1, 1965

The Daily Times, Seattle, WA

Having been looted three times previously, Fall City, Wash., restaurant owner Bobby Harold Jones spent the night at his restaurant, hoping to catch a burglar. When a man broke into...
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February 1, 1965

The Times, New York, NY

After handing over money to three robbers and as they ran from his store, Charles Wasserman, a New York City grocer, pulled out a cal. .38 revolver, for which he has a permit, and...
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January 1, 1965

Record, Stockton, CA

An 18-year-old Stockton, Calif., youth, John G. Burnett, returned to his home for lunch. When he heard noises coming from a bedroom Burnett got a cal. .22 rifle and surprised an...
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