[Drop title] Bank Robbery. Langdon W. a. k. a. Charley Adams MOORE, CRIME, THE UNDERWORLD.

[Drop title] Bank Robbery

Concord, MA: 1865. First Edition. Broadside (28.5x19.5cm.); faint previous horizontal mail fold, light wrinkling from handling, else a Very Good or better, fresh copy. Text signed in print by Geo. Heywood, President of the Bank, and Geo. M. Brooks, President of the Middlesex Institute for Savings.

List of bonds totalling $300,000 which were stolen from the Concord National Bank on September 25th, 1865, while the teller was eating lunch. The Directors of the Bank, together with the Trustees of the Middlesex Institution for Savings offer at the bottom of the flyer a 10% reward "upon the amount of the property recovered." It wouldn't be until February of the following year that the mystery was cleared up, the crime having been committed by professional counterfeiter and bank robber Langdon Moore, a.k.a. Charley Adams. At the time of the robbery Moore was residing on a farm just twelve miles away and was an early suspect of the crime though he managed to evade detectives for several months. Moore was finally arrested in Paulsboro, New Jersey, on January 24, 1866, and a search of his residence revealed $100,000 of the stolen bonds. Moore later wrote a memoir ("His Own Story of His Own Eventful Life," 1893) to which he devoted nearly a hundred pages to the planning and execution of this, his greatest achievement. He was convicted, but secured his release by returning two-thirds of the take. However, he later spent ten years at the Concord State Prison following the robbery of the Warren Institution for Savings in Boston. OCLC locates one copy as of October, 2019, at the Concord Free Public Library, catalogued as part of a small collection of ephemera relating to this robbery.

Price: $450.00

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