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November 1, 1960

American, Odessa, TX

After five years of operating his Monahans, Tex., liquor store, Charlie Key met his first holdup man, shot him twice with a cal. .38 pistol, and held him for police. The shotgun-armed...
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October 1, 1960

Sun, Las Vegas, NV

After terrorizing two women who barricaded themselves in their apartment to ward off his advances, a berserk man attacked a Las Vegas mother in her front yard, her screams bringing...
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October 1, 1960

Times, Kansas City, MO

When a neighbor called to tell him burglars were looting his Cassville, Mo., fashion shop, P.E. "Tex" Vaughn seized his rifle and sped to his store where he saw two men moving away...
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October 1, 1960

Grit, Williamsport, PA

In Lock Haven, Pa., 70-year-old William Keller smashed a hold-up gang when he caught two burglars in his service station and held them at gunpoint until police took over. When a...
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October 1, 1960

Herald-Post, El Paso, TX

Throughout the years United States armed citizens have aided police in clearing up unsolved crimes. In El Paso, Tex., cafe owner Arnold Adams held a gun on a burglar who later confessed...
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October 1, 1960

Daily Chronicle, Spokane, WA

In Spokane, Wash., cycle shopkeeper Dave Hardin held two burglars at gunpoint until police arrived. Detectives said their capture cleared up five burglaries, six grand larcenies,...
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October 1, 1960

Review, Evanston, IL

In Evanston, Ill., Jerome Majesty, aroused by female screams, grabbed his cal. .32 pistol and ran to a neighbor's house where he saw a masked man assaulting a young woman. Majesty...
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October 1, 1960

Times, Chattanooga, TN

In Chattanooga, salesman George Carlock, Jr., ran from his home with a 12-ga. shotgun when the burglar alarm sounded in the nearby lumber yard where he is employed. There Carlock...
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October 1, 1960

Sun, Baltimore, MD

From the rear of his Baltimore grocery Harry Billings heard the bell ring on his cash register and he ran to the front to challenge the thief. When the robber rushed him and cried...
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October 1, 1960

Times, Indianapolis, IN

After several burglaries of his Indianapolis TV-appliance store, Jess J. Rogers rigged an alarm system to turn on all the store lights when the front door glass was smashed. As he...
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October 1, 1960

Herald, Denison, TX

In Lindsay, Okla., a patient released from a mental hospital went on a spree and was finally captured when he attempted his thirteenth rape. When he invaded her bedroom in the nighttime,...
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October 1, 1960

News, Dallas, TX

In Dallas, after forcing a liquor store clerk to lie on the floor, a pair of armed bandits waved clerk R.F. Wooten toward the cash register to give up the day's receipts. Wooten,...
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October 1, 1960

Star, Indianapolis, IN

When a masked man walked into an Indianapolis liquor store and announced a stick-up, owner Marvin Edington dropped behind the cases and came up firing a cal. .25 automatic. The bandit ...
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September 1, 1960

Beacon-News, Aurora, IL

Louis Turzi closed his Aurora, Ill., tavern for the night and decided to resume the vigil he maintained after a recent series of burglaries. But Turzi fell asleep and awakened to...
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September 1, 1960

Times-Herald, Vallejo, CA

In Vallejo, Calif., a young gunman held up a liquor store, made his getaway on foot, and one hour later strode into Arlie J. Campbell's liquor store and demanded all the money in...
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September 1, 1960

Chronicle, San Francisco, CA

A bandit with a juvenile gang record chose armed robbery as his first adult crime and was shot to death by Robert Malone, a San Francisco gas station attendant. Malone, an avid target...
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September 1, 1960

Associated Press, CA

Mrs. Katherine S. Petterson left two of her children with their father at the county fair and drove back to her Kelseyville, Calif., ranch home with 12-year-old son Keith. Soon after...
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September 1, 1960

Post, Denver, CO

When Rev. M.F. Cottrell looked out the window of his Denver home and saw two youths trying to make away with his automobile, he grabbed his 20-ga. shotgun and hurried to the street....
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September 1, 1960

Herald, Sarasota, FL

A burglar with a long criminal record was shot to death by Neil Humphrey, a Sarasota, Fla., storekeeper who was sleeping on the premises. Humphrey awakened in time to fire one shot...
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September 1, 1960

Standard-Times, San Angelo, TX

When Ray Dunn heard an intruder inside his Wingate, Tex., grocery after just closing for the night, he reopened the place, found his cal. .22 rifle, and fired at a figure stooped...
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September 1, 1960

News, Detroit, MI

Masking their features with women's hose over their heads, two bandits tried to rob William Angelo in his Detroit grocery but were routed when the storekeeper grabbed his revolver...
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September 1, 1960

Star, Kansas City, MO

Winfred E. Hogg, robbed in the Kansas City, Mo., gas station where he is night attendant, resolved to resist the next time and bought a cal. .45 pistol. When an ex-convict recently...
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September 1, 1960

Mirror-News, Los Angeles, CA

A San Quentin parolee jammed his way into the living room of Los Angeles apartment house manager Mrs. Louise M. Rogers, shoved a pistol at her, and demanded the rent receipts. When...
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September 1, 1960

Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

When a gunman pointed a pistol at Edward J. Burns in his Louisville, Ky., liquor store, the proprietor dashed behind a partition, the bandit fired once, and Burns came out shooting...
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September 1, 1960

Daily Telegram, Adrian, MI

In Palmer, Mich., a man who hacked at the door of the Pleau residence with an ax, threatening to murder the entire family, was killed when Earl Pleau, 20, fired a cal. .22 rifle through...
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September 1, 1960

Evening Sun, Baltimore, MD

Markos Marcuri went to sleep in the rear room of his Baltimore saloon but was soon aroused by burglars. Marcuri got his cal. .38 revolver and went to the front where he surprised...
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September 1, 1960

Chronicle, Houston, TX

In Houston, Tex., Leonard J. Redig grabbed his shotgun as the intercom alarm sounded in his room when burglars entered his barbecue stand next door. Spying two figures inside the...
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September 1, 1960

Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA

In Richmond, Va., Chun Chin was hit five times by burglars in past months and his hand laundry robbed of money and other property. When Chin recently awoke and heard sounds of someone ...
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August 1, 1960

Journal-American, New York, NY

When a bandit with a record of arrests on narcotics charges pointed a pistol and said, "Give!", Manhattan grocer Victor Comacho nodded, reached under the counter, and came up clutching...
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August 1, 1960

Associated Press, GA

In Columbus, Ga., Mrs. Thelma D. Lee, a mother of five small children, awoke to see an intruder at her bedside. Mrs. Lee, whose husband must work at night, eased a cal. .22 revolver...
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August 1, 1960

News, San Jose, CA

Shortly before midnight two men roused Oscar Gruter in his Santa Clara, Calif., motel and asked for a room. Suddenly, one of them grabbed Gruter by the throat and the companion headed...
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August 1, 1960

Daily Chronicle, Spokane, WA

After burglars looted his Ford, Wash., store the ninth time, 83-year-old A.L. Davis slept in the place armed with a cal. .38 revolver. Recently, when Davis heard sounds of a break...
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August 1, 1960

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

Joseph A. Marino had just left his New Orleans pharmacy and gotten in his automobile when a thug grabbed the car door, pointed a pistol at Marino, and said, "Yeah, it's me again."...
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July 1, 1960

World-Telegram, New York, NY

After a browsing visitor left his Harlem pawnshop, 70-year-old Charles Goodman told son Allen, "That guy looks like a stickup man. I'll bet he comes back." The elder Goodman then...
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July 1, 1960

Daily Press, Long Island, NY

When two bandits invaded his Huntington, N.Y., jewelry store, Barney Freedman grabbed his gun from a nearby cabinet and fired at the armed pair. Both men fled and Freedman gave chase....
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July 1, 1960

Tribune, Oakland, CA

Plagued by a series of housebreakings, Oakland, Calif., neighbors Robert Ryan and Elijah Irving lay in wait in the latter's home, hoping to trap the burglar on his next visit. Shortly...
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July 1, 1960

Free Press, Detroit, MI

In Detroit a young hoodlum abandoned his three companions who were taken by police after an abortive robbery attempt and made his escape in the stolen getaway car. Intent on continuing...
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June 1, 1960

Daily Free Press, Elko, NV

As the intercom burglar alarm sounded, Wes Johnson jumped from bed, grabbed a ready cal. .45 pistol and 12-ga. shotgun, and hurried to his nearby Deeth, Nev., tavern. There Johnson...
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