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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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March 1, 1963

Tribune, Chicago, IL

Jack Earle, 72, a Chicago, Ill., service station attendant, became suspicious when a man entered the station and pretended to be using the phone. Earle, victim of a former robbery...
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March 1, 1963

Post, Denver, CO

When Denver, Colo., cab driver Edward Dixon had a knife pressed against his neck by a passenger who ordered him to hand over his cash, the cabbie gave the bandit his change purse...
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February 1, 1963

Associated Press, NC

As he was about to enter his home in Wake Forest, N.C., Henry Pearson was ambushed by two men. During a struggle one of the pair got Pearson's wallet while the other pistol-whipped...
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February 1, 1963

Times, Seattle, WA

Police responding to a burglary call at a jewelry store in Seattle, Wash., arrived on the scene to find R.W. Bartlett holding the thwarted would-be thief at gun-point. Bartlett,...
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February 1, 1963

Associated Press, NC

Claiming their auto had run out of water, four men gained entrance to the mountain cabin of 83-year-old Tony Lunsford, near Leicester, N.C. Before he opened the door, however, Lunsford...
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February 1, 1963

Herald-Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

After surprising a prowler rifling a cash register in a Los Angeles market, the store manager, Sanford Mitchell, got off one shot before the burglar got away. Police traced the man...
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February 1, 1963

Valley Times, San Fernando, CA

Overhearing an order to his partner working in the next room to "Stand against the wall," Los Angeles service station owner Johnny Carpenter grabbed a pistol from his desk and turned...
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February 1, 1963

Gazette, St. Joseph, MO

After discovering and reporting the theft of automotive equipment from an auto rental firm in St. Joseph, Mo., the owner of the firm, Harold Martin, returned to the scene armed with...
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February 1, 1963

Journal-Standard, Freeport, LA

Police answering a call from an automatic laundry in Freeport, La., arrived at the store to find two youths being held at gun point by the manager, Elmer Davison. From his quarters...
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February 1, 1963

The Press, Cleveland, OH

While walking her dog, Mrs. Victoria Roginski, an apartment house manager in Cleveland, Ohio, noticed three men working on a car in the darkness behind the house. She got her .32...
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February 1, 1963

Associated Press, UPI, ID

As a result of a burglary in his combination grocery-liquor store in Worley, Idaho, Ernest Lagow was sleeping in the rear of the store when he was awakened by the sound of breaking...
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February 1, 1963

Pike County Democrat Times, IL

An Atlas, Ill., mother of five, Mrs. Frank Rodhouse, returned home with her four daughters to face a shotgun-armed intruder. The man herded them to an upstairs room where he bound ...
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January 1, 1963

Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA

Confronted by two youths who demanded the contents of the cash register in her market in Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Julia Fowler reached under the register, grabbed a .38 pistol, and...
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January 1, 1963

Republic, Yakima, WA

A 75-year-old grocery store proprietor of Yakima, Wash., David Ray, was awakened by the sound of a car stopping in front of his store one night. Armed with a 20-ga. shotgun, he investigated ...
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January 1, 1963

Independent, Richmond, CA

Alone in the small grocery store operated by herself and her husband in Richmond, Calif., Mrs. Oleta Norris was attacked by a young thief who hit her in the forehead with a soft drink...
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January 1, 1963

Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT

Standing in front of their Salt Lake City place of business, Nate Gallenson and his son Art witnessed an assault and robbery. Art dashed into a shop, obtained a pistol, and joined...
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January 1, 1963

Herald-Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

A tall blonde woman entered Arthur L. Nelson's Los Angeles store, drew a gun, and ordered Nelson and a customer to face the wall. Nelson drew his own gun from a pocket and killed...
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