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October 1, 1963

Star, Kansas City, KS

Mrs. Elvira Toms sleeps over her Kansas City, Kans., tavern. Hearing noises after closing time, she enlisted the aid of three roomers to investigate. They rushed downstairs in time...
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September 1, 1963

The Post, Houston, TX

A Houston, Tex., liquor store manager, Willie W. May, was seated behind the counter with his wife when an armed bandit walked into the store and announced a stickup. Before the manager...
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September 1, 1963

Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA

When Earl Galle, Jr., passed his closed suburban New Orleans, La., filling station and saw a trio of burglars looting it, he blocked the robbers' car with his own. Entering the station...
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September 1, 1963

Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

Richard Connor, St. Louis, Mo., service station attendant, was checking a pump in the early morning hours when a voice behind him demanded money. Whirling around he was confronted...
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September 1, 1963

Press, Johnson City, TN

W.S. Keller heard noises shortly after midnight in his Gray Station, Tenn., country store. He went to investigate. Finding that three men had entered the store, Keller grabbed a...
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September 1, 1963

The Herald, Miami, FL

An armed bandit pulled a revolver from a paper bag in James Abrau's Miami, Fla., jewelry store and said, "Lay down. This is a holdup." Abrau walked around the counter, talking as...
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August 1, 1963

The Vidette-Messenger, Valparasio, IN, 2/16/83

The sound of glass breaking in his Portage, Ind., residence prompted Lester Shreve to load his shotgun. A check on the disturbance turned up an intruder in the kitchen. Shreve held...
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August 1, 1963

Times, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, Calif., jewelry store operator Edward Kovacs was alone in his store when three men walked in and demanded his money. When one of the robbers drew his gun, Kovacs pulled...
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August 1, 1963

Courier-Express, Buffalo, NY

When Wheatfield, N.Y., gas station operator George Houck, who lives above the station, was awakened by a noise, he got his gun and went downstairs to apprehend a robber leaving by...
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August 1, 1963

The Daily Times, Brazil IN

William Modesitt was awakened after midnight by noises in his Brazil, Ind., home. Modesitt saw an intruder in the living room. Obtaining his shotgun he quietly surprised the intruder...
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August 1, 1963

Times, Kansas City, KS

Two robbers entered Anthony Anello's Kansas City, Kans., food store and held up Anello, a clerk, and a customer. After relieving the victims of $350, the bandits ordered them into...
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August 1, 1963

The News, Miami, FL

Miami, Fla., liquor store attendant, Robert Washbish, was robbed at gun point by three men, two of whom were armed. As one of the bandits took $250 from the cash drawer another thug...
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July 1, 1963

Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, AR

After several attempted burglaries, A.B. Wright started sleeping in his West Helena, Ark., restaurant. Awakened early in the morning by noises, Wright saw a man climbing over a partition ...
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July 1, 1963

The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, AZ

Tony Levy, an unarmed Tucson, Ariz., grocery clerk, was being held at gunpoint by two bandits when Herman Gamez, a friend, walked in. Upon hearing an order to stand still, Gamez...
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July 1, 1963

Tribune, Oakland, CA

Quick-acting liquor store clerk Kenneth C. Wong saved $300 and nabbed two bandits in the process. Confronted by the two men, one armed, in Oakland, Calif., Wong was ordered to put...
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July 1, 1963

Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

Michael DeFrancesco, who lives on the second floor of his father's St. Louis, Mo., home, heard noises in the first floor apartment occupied by the senior DeFrancesco, who was away....
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June 1, 1963

Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN

Pedestrian Jean Gorman, walking two blocks from her Minneapplis, Minn., home, was accosted by a man who attempted to snatch her purse. She pulled a pistol from the purse and shot...
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June 1, 1963

Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

A St. Louis, Mo., woman, Mrs. Helen Lowery, awakened at 2:15 A.M. to find a man armed with a butcher knife standing beside her bed. She grabbed her revolver and fired several shots...
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June 1, 1963

Beacon Journal, Akron, OH

When Cleveland, Ohio, housewife, Mrs. Patricia Harmon, home alone with her 8-year-old daughter, heard the noise of breaking glass in the basement, she grabbed her husband's cal. .32...
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June 1, 1963

Sun Times, Chicago, IL

A father and son teamed up to attempt an armed robbery of Arthur Domzyk's tavern in Chicago, Ill. As the pair entered, the son fired three shots and ordered everyone to lie on the...
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June 1, 1963

Sun Times, Chicago, IL

As Mark Levins, owner of a Chicago, Ill., sporting goods store, was preparing to close for the night, he was confronted by an armed bandit who ordered him to stand in the rear of...
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May 1, 1963

Tribune, Oakland, CA

When Mrs. Darlene Cucchiara was awakened by noises, this Pleasant Hill, Calif., mother of four small children loaded her .22 revolver and went downstairs to investigate. She found...
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May 1, 1963

The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, AZ

Awakened by noises in his Tucson, Ariz., cycle shop, owner D.E. Musselman, armed himself with a revolver and went to investigate. As Musselman crept towards the back of his shop...
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May 1, 1963

Tribune, Oakland, CA

Floored by the fists of a would-be robber, San Francisco bar owner, Ralph Chiapetta, was ordered by the thug to hand over his money. As the bandit rifled the cash register, Chiapetta...
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May 1, 1963

Press, Houston, TX

Houston, Tex., liquor store owner, Sidney Scalise, found himself looking down the barel of a .22 pistol as he was ordered by one of two men to hand over the money. Scalise gave the...
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May 1, 1963

Sun Times, Chicago, IL

Caretaker Reed Pitchford, of Chicago, Ill., Grant Memorial AME Church, had been sleeping in the church office when awakened by the sound of someone breaking in. When the intruder...
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April 1, 1963

New Argus, Goldsboro, NC

Awakened in his Goldsboro, N.C., home by the barking of his dog, Air Force Sgt. Edsel G. Sutherland loaded his shotgun and went to the kitchen. When Sutherland entered, a man grabbed...
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April 1, 1963

Times, Ft. Smith, AR

Two men entered Clarence Page's Little Rock, Ark., liquor store and demanded money. Reaching one hand toward the cash register as if to get the money, Page used the other hand to...
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April 1, 1963

The Star, Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, Mo., taxi driver Austin Whitfield picked up a fare who turned out to be armed with a pistol. When the "passenger" ordered Whitfield to keep driving, the cabbie swerved...
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April 1, 1963

Globe Democrat, St. Louis, MO

A St. Louis, Mo., grocer ran into a new type of robber when a man entered his store, brandished a jagged piece of broken bottle, and demanded money from the cash register. Grocer...
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April 1, 1963

Evening News, Malone, NY

A knife-toting bandit was no match for Malone, N.Y., storekeeper Miles Mallette. When the would-be bandit entered, nodded towards the cash drawer, and said, "Hand me what's in there," ...
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April 1, 1963

Daily Tribune, Chicago, IL

Peter Davitto, Chicago, Ill., food shop manager, who had previously been robbed of $425, became suspicious of a man who sat in his shop drinking coffee. When the man left and returned...
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March 1, 1963

Post, Houston, TX

Aroused at 2 A.M. by noises coming from the back bedroom of his Houston, Tex., home, Willie I. McDonald armed himself with a cal. .44 pistol and went to investigate. Finding a man...
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March 1, 1963

Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA

In a Harbor City, Calif., liquor store, a man waited quietly for owner Robert Drake to finish talking on the phone. After Drake hung up, the man pulled a gun, scooped money from...
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March 1, 1963

Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

Clarence D. Henry was more than a match for a man who entered his St. Louis, Mo., candy store, pulled a revolver from his coat, and pointed it at him. Henry, who had previously lost...
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March 1, 1963

Chronicle, Houston, TX

Forced to lie on the floor while a gun-toting bandit rifled his cash drawer and fled, a Houston, Tex., grocery store owner, Robert Way, raised up to see the armed robber starting...
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March 1, 1963

Eagle, Brooklyn, NY

When a newly installed burglar alarm went off in David Thune's Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, he grabbed a .32 pistol and rushed to his service station next door. Surprising two men ...
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March 1, 1963

Near North News, IL

A 72-year-old Chicago, Ill., grocer, James V. Smith, was knocked to the floor by a thug who demanded his money. Smith reached under the counter, got a .38 pistol, fired once, and...
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March 1, 1963

Post, Denver, CO

John Jonaikis, in an attempt to end a series of burglaries which had netted robbers more than $1000 from his Chicago Heights, Ill., service station, kept an all-night vigil with a...
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March 1, 1963

Daily News, Chicago, IL

Rev. Father O'Donnell, rector of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, in Chicago, Ill., was awakened by the screams of his housekeeper and cook. Obtaining a .45 automatic, O'Donnell...
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