Hubert Walker of CoinWeek writes:
A couple weeks ago we excerpted the New York and VA bank robbery articles from The E-Sylum. A gentleman named Jerry Kuntz left
comments that I thought I'd pass along.
Thanks. Here are Jerry's notes. -Editor
"The 1852 Portsmouth robbery was the work of the Rand brothers, Abram, Richard, and most of all, John W. (Jack) Rand. In a nation
that celebrates infamous criminals, the Rands have been sorely neglected. They were born in New Hampshire, but were longtime residents of
Massachusetts–but ranged far and wide to commit robberies. Jack Rand voluntarily appeared and testified at the Portsmouth robbery trial
of his brothers, knowing full well that doing so would incriminate himself. He even was grudgingly complimented in newspapers for giving
Jack Rand, it should be said, wasn’t very fearful of jail. He was convicted in October, 1852 and escaped from jail a couple of weeks
later. It was a trick he repeated several times."
"I did make one error--brother Richard Rand had been implicated in a Quincy, Mass bank robbery in 1843 that John was convicted
for; however, Richard was already dead by the time the Portsmouth bank robbery occurred. It was another brother, Oliver H. Rand, that was
tried along with Abram Rand and John Rand.
"One other footnote: Oliver H. Rand, one of the brothers implicated in the Portsmouth bank robbery, was, at the time, the
superintendent of construction of the Washington Monument. No surprise: he had to resign."
Yes, I'm annoyed every time I see references to American bank robberies originating with Western outlaws. There were many bank
robberies before the 1860s--and many professional bank thieves."
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEW YORK'S FIRST BANK ROBBERY
EARLY BANK ROBBERIES IN VIRGINIA (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n13a32.html)
To read the earlier CoinWeek article, see:
the E-Sylum: First American Bank Robberies – March 29, 2015
Wayne Homren, Editor
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