Wikipedia and Snopes cite his autobiography as denying he ever said he robbed banks because "that's where the money is."

"If anybody had asked me, I'd have probably said it. That's what almost anybody would say…it couldn't be more obvious.

"Or could it?

"Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I'd be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that's all."

"Go where the money is…and go there often."

How many of us feel fully alive as we try to sneak a few coins out of the vault before the flexions notice anything is amiss?

According to Wikipedia, Sutton was arrested four months after Thomson's home run when a clothing salesman recognized him on the subway. The Mafia killed the clothing salesman a month later "because he was a 'squealer'".

I grew up in the Boston area, where the Irish tradition of contempt for informants was very strong. When my family moved west, I was astonished to see a sign on a highway in Washington state that said:

Fine for littering $250

Report violators: 1-800-xxx-xxxx


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