Herman “Baron” Lamm, the Father of Modern Bank Robbery by Walter Mittelstaedt

By Walter Mittelstaedt

Former Prussian soldier Herman “Baron” Lamm (1890–1930) tailored his army education to a miles much less noble career after relocating to the United States, constructing a name as one in every of history’s so much significant and effective financial institution robbers. Lamm’s time fell among Butch Cassidy and John Dillinger’s infamous careers, and Lamm by no means bought the eye of the 2 recognized gunslingers. this primary full-length biography promotes Lamm from his assisting position, tracing his legal exploits and his pioneering use of ideas like “casing” a financial institution and making plans get away routes. research of arrest documents reveals Lamm’s genius as a legal mastermind a lot overvalued, and an in depth exam of the trial transcript of fellow gang participants Walter Detrich and James Clark brings to lifestyles Lamm’s stunning downfall.

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