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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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February 1, 1961

The Courier, Charlestown, IN

Orval Stoner closed his Charlestown, Ind., gas station and headed for his car with the day's receipts. Hiding behind the station, an ex-convict, armed with a rifle, demanded the...
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February 1, 1961

American, Chicago, IL

Delicatessen owner Stanley Wasik snatched his cal. .38 revolver from under the counter and shot two bandits who entered his Chicago shop brandishing guns. One was captured at the...
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January 1, 1961

World-Herald, Omaha, NE

Harry Shrago stood just outside the door of his Omaha grocery and heard daughter Florence shriek from inside the store when two men leveled guns at her. Shrago, who carries a gun...
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January 1, 1961

Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, WA

Stan Baker went to the rear of his Seattle gun store to get a box for the rifle selected by his two customers. Hearing the click of his handgun display case opening, Baker hurried...
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January 1, 1961

The Tennessean, Nashville, TN

When two holdup men entered a pawnshop outside Ft. Campbell, Ky., proprietor Andrew F. King told the one with the gun, "Son, you can't get away with it. They'll get you sooner or...
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January 1, 1961

Associated Press, MO

Near Jefferson City, Mo., 16-year-old Judy Nolte, alone with three younger Nolte children, grabbed a double-barrel shotgun and, with the aid of pet bulldog Mickey, routed a stranger...
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January 1, 1961

Sunday Tribune, Chicago, IL

Chicago grocer Stanley Wasik eyed the three men who entered his store and found it suspicious that one stayed at the door while his companions approached the counter. When the two...
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December 1, 1960

Vindicator, Youngstown, OH

After two holdups of his Campbell, Ohio, tavern in which he lost $3500, 73-year-old Nick Comsia began wearing his cal. .38 revolver. When a stickup man recently pointed a pistol...
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December 1, 1960

News, Van Nuys, CA

When two bandits entered a Van Nuys, Calif., liquor store and pulled a gun on clerk Lew Barnett, Barnett let them have the $340, then grabbed his pistol from under the counter and...
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December 1, 1960

Mirror, Los Angeles, CA

In Chatsworth, Calif., when two holdup men demanded money, liquor store owner Fred Smead, a paralyzed World War II veteran, pulled a cal. .45 pistol from its strappings on the side...
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December 1, 1960

Associated Press, CT

Wielding a carving knife, a masked burglar entered the Stamford, Conn., bedroom of Mr. and Mrs. H. Grady Chandler, Jr., bound the World War II PT boat commander hand and foot, and...
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December 1, 1960

Herald and Express, Los Angeles, CA

In Los Angeles, hotel manager William A. Boothby came to his night clerk's call when an unkempt man sought to rent a room and became abusive over the price. As Boothby came to the...
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December 1, 1960

News and Courier, Charleston, SC

Junius W. Jones, owner of an Aiken, S.C., hardware store, loaded his 12-ga. shotgun and ran from his home to the nearby shop when the burglar alarm sounded. In an exchange of gunfire...
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December 1, 1960

Evening News, Harrisburg, PA

Twelve more burglaries were solved by the capture of a youthful pair of bandits by Norman H. Carl and his son Norman, Jr. Alert after capturing three burglars some weeks previously,...
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December 1, 1960

Daily News, Chicago, IL

Thirty-three years ago Chicago druggist Arthur Thomas killed a bandit who had robbed him once before. Recently, the 66-year-old pharmacist faced an identical situation and did it...
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December 1, 1960

Daily Times, Chattanooga, TN

In recent years Mrs. Elizabeth Bowman's package store in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been the scene of three holdups. All bandits were thwarted: one was killed, two others wounded. ...
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