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Why were there so many famous bank robbers in the 30s?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by emu!, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Bongocaster

    Bongocaster Friend of Leo's

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    The average person didn't even go to the bank or at least not regularly. They kept banker's hours and it was more of a foreign institution to more folks. That would also tend to make people less sympathetic to their plight.

    I remember my Dad saying that you would probably clean up if not put on a suit if you had to do any business at a bank.
     
  2. rsi106

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    Because it was easy. Nowadays to rob a bank you need to jump through a lot of hoops...ivy league education, summer internships at Goldman Sachs, top 20 MBA, etc.
     
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    Oh, you mean Mary Rosh. :D
     
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    Bad form no doubt, but using a sock puppet doesn't change the facts.
     
  5. CrisHendrix

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    Civilians are generally discouraged from doing such, a bunch of armed vigilantes playing Rambo would do more harm than good, and most people have horrible aim in stressful situations, they'd probably end up shooting a bystander.
     
  6. Guitarzan

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    Don't confuse them or belie their agenda with facts.

    The facts would indicate than we are in the era of nutjobs that kill with hammers, steel bars, bats, and clubs.

    Or killers by hand and fists.

    But that is so trite and boring compared to irrational fear and loathing of small bore "evil black rifles" that are not even true assault rifles.

    http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_08.html
     
  7. Guitarzan

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    Yeah, the police are much more reliable. Just look at how well they did at the Empire State Building. :lol:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/n...ice-near-empire-state-building-sues.html?_r=0
     
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    I bet most of the bank robbers were just trying to " run into " Big Bad Mama."

     
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    I went right to the Armed Citizen site before I saw your post. Very nice.;)
     
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    That's when the money was.
     
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    Henry Starr is/was my Cousin. He came from a branch of the family tree that had run from bad to worse...
     
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    As has been said, bankers and other wealthy were despised by a large part of the population, but also the bank robbers had become somewhat folk heroes.

    This all changed when the robbers became inevitably more violent, and normal people were getting killed or injured.

    Likewise with kidnappers. There were many high profile cases of children of the wealthy being kidnapped, and the public was sympathetic to the crooks. Its when people were killed, the public opinion shifted.
     
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    I think people tend to romanticize the past. Were they really "famous" or "infamous"?

    I don't think there's any bank robbers from the '30s that can hold a candle to these guys:

     
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    The Depression made money scarce.

    The automobile made getaways quick and easy.

    It was easier to pull it off because the cops didn't have the technology they have today.

    Bank robbers were often looked at as heroes.
     
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    Thompson (bad guys) vs .38 Special (good guys)
     
  16. donh

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    Excellent summary.

    My bet is with the cars. They were still a relatively new thing on the scene and a robber had about the same travel tech as the cops. Scoot sideways and do it again.

    Whole different world today . . . . . . .
     
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    Yeah, cars, no interstate border jurisdiction, no two-way radios in police cars yet and firepower that couldn't be readily matched by police at the time. It was an environment ripe for picking.
     
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    I think if Viagra has just been available to Clyde, things would have worked out a lot better for him, probably been a school teacher.
     
  19. Skully

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    I remember the day well. I live in North Hollywood, but not near the bank, although I have used it occasionally and I do frequent the Smart & Final across the street.
     
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    That bit in the 1967 movie about Clyde Barrow being asexual was totally fabricated, not based on fact.

    I can't remember if it was the director's idea, but it was written to make Clyde more "interesting". (EVERYTHING in the later 1960's involved sex, didn't it?)
    It was true, however, that he chopped two toes off of his foot with an axe to get off of a prison work detail...but then was paroled very soon after.

    If you want to see folks' opinion about banks and bankers during the Depression, watch The Grapes of Wrath, the 1940 version of Steinbeck's novel.

    The scenes early in the movie about the rich bankers in fancy cars forcing farmers off their land and bulldozing folks' homes as they were being repossessed was pretty powerful stuff.

    When Henry Fonda is against you...well, there ain't much you can do.
     
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