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August 1, 1961

Associated Press, AL

After closing their Perdido, Ala., grocery, Mr. and Mrs. John Huff, 64 and 61, left their garage and headed for their home carrying the day's receipts. Three men jumped from the darkness...
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July 1, 1961

Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

Aroused by sounds of a trespasser outside his home, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Albert Lee Stephens, Jr., slipped out of bed, got his pistol, and eased out the front door. Nearby,...
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July 1, 1961

World-Herald, Omaha, NE

A lone bandit victimized Omaha service station attendant Les W. Carper on 2 occasions. The first time he pistol-whipped Carper and took $225. Two weeks later he returned and badly...
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July 1, 1961

Tribune, Oakland, CA

Because of recent burglaries, druggist John Skinner had been sleeping in his San Francisco store. Awakened by sounds of drilling, Skinner armed himself with a cal. .32 pistol and...
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July 1, 1961

Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

Five years ago, when Martin Block was robbed in his Philadelphia haberdashery, he vowed, "I will not be held up again without a fight." Recently 2 bandits entered Block's shop, one ...
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June 1, 1961

News-Call Bulletin, San Francisco, CA

In Atherton, Calif., an armed burglar broke into the bedroom of Dr. and Mrs. William W. Tevis, snatched a wallet from the night table and, disappointed at its meager contents, ordered...
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June 1, 1961

Associated Press, IL

Rt. Rev. Msgr. D.A. Lemieux, a skilled hunter, reached for a 12-ga. shotgun and a cal. .32 revolver after hearing glass break in his Chicago, Ill., rectory. He surprised two men...
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June 1, 1961

Journal, Beaumont, TX

Beaumont, Tex., liquor store owner Earl R. Hudson ran for his pistol when a knife-wielding holdup man panicked and began stabbing Hudson's teen-age son. Hudson fired five shots and...
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June 1, 1961

Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, MO

A 16-year-old boy entered Joseph LaCour's St. Louis, Mo., drugstore and asked to see some watches. As LaCour turned the youth pulled a cal. .32 revolver and said, "This is a holdup."...
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June 1, 1961

Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

When Rufus Freeman caught two safecrackers in his store near Minter City, Miss., and one turned on him with a shotgun, Freeman killed him with his own shotgun. The pistol-armed accomplice...
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May 1, 1961

Journal-American, New York, NY

In Jamaica, N.Y., Mrs. Elizabeth Solano, who learned how to handle guns as a hunter in her youth, got a pistol permit and began wearing a holstered gun under her apron after the drug...
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May 1, 1961

Herald & Express, Los Angeles, CA

Six months ago, John Shivel killed a bandit who tried to hold him up in his Huntington Park, Calif., liquor store. During the recent holiday season, when a bandit threatened Shivel's...
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May 1, 1961

Associated Press, AR

Attorney Alston Jennings, his wife, and two sons were in their Little Rock, Ark., home when a former mental patient broke in swinging a sickle. In the melee that followed, Jennings...
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May 1, 1961

Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Patricia Davidson and her 12-year-old son were alone in their Hawthorne, Calif., home, when a prowler tried to break in. Mrs. Davidson fired one shot from her cal. .22 rifle...
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May 1, 1961

Daily Chronicle, Spokane, WA

In Spokane, Wash., as John J. Reeder prepared to close his tavern, the sole customer clubbed him with a bottle and ordered him to a rear room while he looted the place. Reeder went...
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May 1, 1961

Journal, Portland, OR

Hearing sounds of a scuffle in the front of their Wilsonville, Oreg., food store, Terry Lowrie grabbed a cal. .22 revolver and ran from the back to aid his father who was grappling ...
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May 1, 1961

Herald, Oskaloosa, IA

Near Des Moines, Iowa, tavern keeper Edward Mercier ran for a revolver kept under the bar and fired one shot at a bandit who slashed the bartender with a switchblade knife after announcing...
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May 1, 1961

News, Wilmington, DE

In Dover, Del., when Mrs. Laurin Seaman, Sr., awakened to find a burglar ransacking her bedroom, her screams aroused the household. Mrs. Seaman's 16-year-old son grabbed a 16-ga....
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May 1, 1961

UPI, CA

When Californian Bruce Ployhar heard a window crash in his Palm Springs home, then saw a hand reach inside to unlock the door, he grabbed his cal. .22 pistol and fired. Ployhar then...
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May 1, 1961

Press-Scimitar, Memphis, TN

After wrecking a stolen car in suburban Memphis, Tenn., two armed felons shot their way into the nearby home of Mr. and Mrs. Holmes V. Winford and pistol-whipped Mr. Winford when...
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May 1, 1961

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL

In Jacksonville, Fla., clothier Wade D. Raulerson grappled with two knife-wielding bandits until he fought his way to the counter where his cal. .38 revolver lay hidden. Raulerson...
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May 1, 1961

Free Press, Detroit, MI

In Center Line, Mich., Mack J. Miller ran to his wife's aid with a cal. .22 rifle when a masked intruder tried to force his way in the kitchen door. As Mrs. Miller struggled to keep...
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May 1, 1961

Associated Press, IN

In Indianapolis 17-year-old Gerald Watson stood near a policeman who questioned a robbery suspect when the suspect's accomplice appeared on the scene and shot the officer down. Watson, ...
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April 1, 1961

Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

When the customer at the counter in Mrs. Daisy Parker's Philadelphia luncheonette menaced her with hand in pocket and announced a stickup, Mrs. Parker edged away, grabbed her cal....
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April 1, 1961

Post, Denver, CO

Two bandits menaced 25 patrons in a Denver bar when the tavern owner, James V. LaBriola, burst from the back room with his cal. .25 pistol. LaBriola felled one bandit who was looting...
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April 1, 1961

Sun, Baltimore, MD

Three stocking-masked bandits herded Baltimore pharmacist Joseph Freiman to his narcotics supply, divided the drugs, and turned to clean out the till. Mr. Freiman grabbed the cal....
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April 1, 1961

Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

After four burglaries in as many weeks, John T. Craig set a burglar alarm in his Munford, Tenn., restaurant and waited in his nearby home with a 12-ga. autoloading shotgun at hand....
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April 1, 1961

Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, MO

St. Louis sundry store owner Charles Brown was bound by three armed bandits and thrown into a rear room. Brown freed himself in time to seize his hidden cal. .45 pistol and open...
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April 1, 1961

Daily News, Chicago, IL

Jerry Jackson, a 62-year-old Chicago bartender, exchanged shots with three gunmen who tried to hold up the saloon. Jackson, who sufferd a leg wound, killed one and sent the other...
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March 1, 1961

Observer, Charlotte, NC

Pete Smith, wearied by a series of burglaries that were "picking him clean," began sleeping in his Rockingham, N.C., grill. About 3:30 A.M. Smith heard tampering at the door and,...
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March 1, 1961

Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

After beating and kicking 61-year-old Benjamin Bailer in his Philadelphia tavern, three bandits cleaned out the register and sauntered to the door. Bailer crawled to a shelf where...
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March 1, 1961

Daily Star, Toronto, Canada

After a rash of drug store holdups by armed thugs who pistol-whipped several of their victims, Montreal pharmacist Wilfred Gagnon kept his cal. .38 revolver handy. When two men entered,...
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March 1, 1961

Associated Press, IN

After fourteen burglaries in twelve years, Fred Williamson set a burglar alarm in his Indianapolis restaurant and rigged it to ring in his nearby home. When the alarm recently sounded,...
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March 1, 1961

Leader, Lexington, KY

In Arjay, Ky., general store owner Curt Mills was shot in the shoulder by one of two masked bandits who fled when Mills grabbed for his pistol. Before they could make their getaway, ...
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March 1, 1961

Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

An ex-convict entered a St. Louis dry goods store, struck owner Clarence E. Skala on the head with a brick-filled sack, and bound and gagged him. After looting the store, the felon...
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February 1, 1961

Herald Tribune, New York, NY

A Sing Sing parolee with a prison record dating from 1940 invaded the Brooklyn pharmacy of Joseph Longo, herded the proprietor to the rear, then rifled the cash register. As the...
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February 1, 1961

Tribune, Great Falls, MT

In Troy, Mont., when the burglar alarm sounded in his store next door to his home, Les Coffman got his cal. .38 pistol, ran to the shop, and caught an intruder inside. When Coffman...
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February 1, 1961

Star, Kansas City, MO

Van F. Sims, who lives in a Kansas City, Kans., apartment next to a dry cleaning shop, awoke to the crash of glass and saw a burglar entering the store. Sims grabbed his cal. .22...
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