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By Bill Mason

The terribly pleasing memoir of the amazing jewel thief who robbed the wealthy and the well-known whereas preserving an outwardly traditional life—an marvelous and fully real tale, the like of which hasn't ever earlier than been informed . . . or lived.

Bill Mason is arguably the best jewel thief who ever lived. in the course of a thirty-year profession he charmed his approach into the interior circles of excessive society and stole greater than $35 million worthy of excellent jewels from such celebrities as Robert Goulet, Armand Hammer, Phyllis Diller, Bob wish, Truman Capote, Margaux Hemingway and Johnny Weissmuller—he even hit the Mafia. alongside the way in which he seduced a high-profile Midwest socialite into leaving her favorite industrialist husband, approximately died after being shot in the course of a theft, tricked either Christie’s and Sotheby’s into fencing stolen items for him and used to be a fugitive for 5 years and the item of a national manhunt. but regardless of the simplest efforts of legislation enforcement specialists from numerous states in addition to the government, he spent lower than 3 years overall in prison.

Shadowy, elusive and extremely deepest, Mason has been the topic of many journal and newspaper gains, yet no journalist has ever come on the subject of figuring out the evidence. Now, in his personal phrases and without holds barred, he unearths every little thing, and the genuine tale is much extra amazing than any of the journalists, detectives or FBI brokers who pursued Mason ever imagined. Confessions of a grasp Jewel Thief, expertly co-written through bestselling writer Lee Gruenfeld, is a different true-crime confessional.

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I had no notion what i used to be going to do at that time, yet a well-recognized feeling advised me that, as Sherlock Holmes may need placed it, the sport used to be afoot. I settled right into a unusually calm type of endurance and dedicated to a minimum of the 1st degree of any advanced operation: looking at and studying. I saw where for numerous weeks and discovered much. The membership closed in advance of 3 A. M. on Saturdays. Little Ange dealt with daily operations. via my binoculars i may see him pop out a couple of minutes after the doorways closed, wearing a black bag. He’d then get in his Cadillac and force off towards the Highlander. One evening I him there, with a fantastic thought of precisely the place he was once heading. I knew they maintained a windowless workplace on a safe second-story ground of the lodge that required a key for entry. there have been approximately fifty resort rooms at the ground as well as the place of work, and a stairwell at both finish of the lengthy hall. I had my very own key, and while Little Ange entered at one finish, I went within the different, and up the stairwell. i wished to take off my sneakers to maintain the sound down yet might have had a difficult time explaining my naked toes if a person stumbled on me at that overdue hour. I counted at the size of the hall to avoid any sounds from attaining Little Ange. realizing he was once most likely heading for that place of work, I’d introduced alongside a small periscope I’d made from an empty paper-towel tube, mirrors and a few Scotch tape. I bought down at the best steps and set it at the ground, so i may see round the nook with no being noticed. If anyone came across me, I’d roll over on best of the ’scope, act under the influence of alcohol and say I tripped. I watched as Ange seemed on the different finish of the hall, opened the workplace door and went in. He stayed for approximately 5 mins, then got here out, grew to become to set a few type of an alarm and left. with out the black bag. The Highlander’s enforcing entrance development, containing the most place of work and supper membership, used to be situated on a truly busy road in a suburb simply open air of Cleveland. at the back of it was once the inn, which used to be made of a couple of two-story high-roofed wings separated by means of a wide swimming pool and patio. inner most balconies confronted the pool at the moment tale of every wing. in the back of the lodge have been 8 condominium structures 3 tales excessive, every one containing a couple of hundred devices. Rose Marie lived there, as did a few of the eating place staff and the ladies who labored within the key membership. The Highlander used to be a wide and bustling position, with loads of task happening forever. It was once effortless to maneuver round with no attracting cognizance, specially for somebody like me, a well-known sight round the advanced. I’d even taken Barbara there on a few events, not just to the eating place yet to the pool. All of this made it effortless for me to proceed my observations neglected. The Mob place of work used to be the second one door in at the safe ground. the 1st door opened into the chambermaids’ offer room, which had an alarm and was once locked at evening with a heavy lifeless bolt and a separate padlock.

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