The Greatest Burglary on Record: Robbery of the Northampton National Bank : The Cashier Overpowered at Midnight, Tortured, and Forced to Give the Combinations to the Vault and Safe : Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars in Money and Bonds Stolen : $25,000 Reward.
The Greatest Burglary on Record: Robbery of the Northampton National Bank : The Cashier Overpowered at Midnight, Tortured, and Forced to Give the Combinations to the Vault and Safe : Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars in Money and Bonds Stolen : $25,000 Reward.

The Greatest Burglary on Record: Robbery of the Northampton National Bank : The Cashier Overpowered at Midnight, Tortured, and Forced to Give the Combinations to the Vault and Safe : Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars in Money and Bonds Stolen : $25,000 Reward.

Northampton, Mass.: Steam Press of Gazette Printing Company, 1876. 8vo (23 cm.), printed white wrappers, 24 pp., 1 wood engraving, 1 plan.

An account of the infamous Northampton heist; the robbers' treatment of their captives; how they escaped; the losses endured by the bank, etc., complete with a floor plan of the house of the cashier Whittelsey, who was held captive.

Dubbed the "greatest burglary on record," on the morning of January 26, 1876, seven men from New York City robbed the Northampton National Bank, making off with more than $1.6 million in cash and bonds (today roughly equivalent to $26 million). The recently installed bank vault was thought impenetrable. However, the band of cunning robbers—who referred to themselves as the “Rufus Ring”—captured the cashier John Whittelsey and his family in their home. After some roughing up, Whittlesey coughed up the combinations to the vault doors, safe, and strong box. Nearly one year after the robbery, the ringleaders Dunlap, Scott, and Connors were apprehended by the Pinkerton Detective Agency; however, the four others were never charged and the cash was never recovered.

A detailed account of the famous robbery of the Northampton National Bank, appealing to the "most intense interest manifested to learn the details of the burglary."

CONDITION: Very good.

Item #3745

Price: $275.00

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