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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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January 1, 1965

The Evening Sun, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, Md., cleaning establishment owner, Rufus Owens, was sleeping on a cot in his place of business. He was awakened by the sound of a window being forced. Grabbing his shotgun...
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January 1, 1965

Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lindsay returned to their home in Spokane, Wash., to find that the glass in their back door had been broken. Mr. Lindsay rushed into the house and saw a man...
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January 1, 1965

Record, Statesville, NC

Statesville, N.C., service station owner, Larry O. Shives, was accosted by a man at closing time who ordered Shives to turn over all his money or he would be shot by a man across...
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December 1, 1964

Chicago American, Chicago, IL

An armed bandit entered Darry Duckett's Chicago, Ill., package store and told Duckett to "give me every nickel you've got." Duckett reached under the cash register and came up firing....
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December 1, 1964

Times News, Erie, PA

In the early morning hours in Stewartstown, Pa., Harry H. Grimm heard the lock being forced on his apartment door. Grabbing a 12-ga. shotgun, Grimm shouted, "If you come in, I'll...
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December 1, 1964

Register, New Haven, CT

Hearing noises in the early morning hours behind a restaurant next door, a Hamden, Conn., citizen, Salvatore Amendola, got his 12-ga. shotgun and went to investigate while his wife...
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December 1, 1964

The Bee, Sacramento, CA

Frank McMinn heard noises in the kitchen of his Sacramento, Calif., home, left his bed, and picked up a shotgun. Going to the kitchen, McMinn surprised two men who quickly started...
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December 1, 1964

Daily News, Chicago, IL

When Chicago, Ill., housewife, Mrs. Tommie S. Owen, heard someone tell her husband, who had just answered the door, "This is a stickup," she got a cal. .25 automatic pistol and went...
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November 1, 1964

Observer, Charlotte, NC

Mrs. Ollie K. Havner was awakened at 4 A.M. in her Charlotte, N.C., home by a flower pot falling into the sink. Mrs. Havner got a cal. .22 pistol from her dresser drawer just as...
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November 1, 1964

The Light, San Antonio, TX

When an invalid named Sullivan was robbed of $15 at the point of an ice pick in his San Antonio, Tex., apartment, he was told by his assailant not to call the police or he would come...
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November 1, 1964

Long Island Press, NY

When Queens, N.Y., grocer Frank Felicetti was awakened in his store by the sound of breaking glass, he went to investigate. Finding himself confronted by armed thugs who had previusly...
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November 1, 1964

Tribune, Chicago, IL

When farmer George Greenwell of Alto Pass, Ill., saw an unidentified trespasser walking across his cornfield, he got his shotgun and held the man at gun point until police arrived....
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October 1, 1964

Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, AR

Alone in his Little Rock, Ark., beverage store, Floyd Strickland was approached by two thugs, one of whom was carrying a single-shot rifle with a sawed-off barrel. Without saying...
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October 1, 1964

Mercury, San Jose, CA

Gunsmith Joe Doutre was working at a bench in his San Jose, Calif., shop when a man walked in and held a knife to Doutre's ribs and struck him twice over the head with a ball-peen...
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October 1, 1964

Star, Minneapolis, MN

Clerk Gerald Pampuch was waiting on a customer in Kenneth D. Dugdale's Minneapolis, Minn., grocery store when a bandit entered the store and demanded money. Dugdale, who was in a...
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October 1, 1964

Sentinel, Brevard, FL

Clyde W. Goodner, returning with his wife to their Merit Island, Fla., home in the early evening hours, observed a man attempting to get into Goodner's pick-up truck. Goodner, who...
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September 1, 1964

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY

Two armed thugs walked into Charles DiMaggio's New York delicatessen and demanded money. As one bandit emptied the cash register, the other herded the grocer into a back room. DiMaggio ...
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September 1, 1964

Post, Washington, DC

Accosted by an armed thug in his Washington, D.C., grocery store, Allen M. Firtag grabbed a cal. .25 automatic and started shooting. Five shots later the would-be robber lay on the...
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September 1, 1964

News, Fort Lauderdale, FL

When Florida State Sen. Hayward Davis walked into his Lake Placid home and saw his wife and two small children sitting on the couch, he knew something was wrong. Just then he saw...
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August 1, 1964

Examiner, Independence, KS

In Independence, Kans., Harley R. Pierce was in the rear of his store when he heard a man demand money from his wife. Pierce grabbed a cal. .32 pistol and went into the store to...
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August 1, 1964

Sun Times, Chicago, IL

Hearing noises after she had retired, Mrs. Joan Thompson, a Chicago, Ill., expectant mother, called police on a bedroom phone. As a man entered her room holding a pistol, Mrs. Thompson...
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August 1, 1964

Times Herald, Dallas, TX

Twice in one week bandits tried to burglarize R.C. McCoy's Dallas, Tex. apartment building. The first time the bandits fled. Two nights later McCoy surprised two robbers trying...
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August 1, 1964

Tribune, Oakland, CA

At San Ramon Village, Calif., tavern owner Lawrence A. Wilson returned to his restaurant to check the night's receipts. He and the bartender were ordered by the one remaining patron,...
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July 1, 1964

Times, Mishawaka, IN

Royal Garrard, who lives above his Needham, Ind., store, was awakened by the sound of breaking glass. Grabbing a shotgun, Garrard surprised five men who were taking cigarettes and...
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July 1, 1964

Times, Huntsville, AL

In Harvest, Ala., grocery store owner O.G. Rector was awakened in the early morning by his homemade burglar alarm. Arming himself with a shotgun he went to investigate. He stopped...
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July 1, 1964

Tribune, Chicago, IL

Two armed bandits forced Chicago, Ill., grocery store owner, Mrs. Lillian Null, to hand over the money from her cash drawer. As the thugs were herding Mrs. Null and her clerk, James...
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July 1, 1964

Globe Times, Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, Tex., gunsmith Murry S. Garnett, at work in his employer's shop, was startled by the sound of breaking glass in the front of the store. Slipping three cartridges into a...
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June 1, 1964

Chronicle, Houston, TX

When E.W. Corrick was accosted by an armed robber in his Galveston, Tex., grocery store, he turned over the day's receipts to the bandit, at the same time grabbing his own gun. As...
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