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Confessions Of A Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer And The K & A Gang

Hornblum, Allen M.

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ISBN 10: 1592133975 / ISBN 13: 9781592133970
Published by Temple Univ Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2005
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Title: Confessions Of A Second Story Man: Junior ...

Publisher: Temple Univ Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good / with Protective Cover

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From the 1950s to the 1970s, from Bar Harbor to Boca Raton, the ragtag crew known as the K&A gang robbed wealthy suburban residences with assembly-line skills of breaking, entering, and bagging the loot—be it a rare coin collection or priceless paintings. "It was hard to imagine a more unlikely crew of successful thieves," writes Allen Hornblum about the gang. "Far from urbane...[they were] a two-fisted, beer-guzzling, ear and nose-biting group of blue-collar hoodlums from a working-class section of Philadelphia called Kensington."

The gang's success infuriated homeowners up and down the east coast, while baffling police. But K&A ringleader Junior Kripplebauer had a different view. About North Carolina, his favorite place, he says, "The state was like a drive-thru bank [only] you just made withdrawals." Confessions of a Second Story Man follows the gang as they move in and out of homes, courtrooms, and prisons, and even go on the run.

Hornblum tells the strange but true story through interviews, police records, and historical research. Readers will marvel at the techniques of Junior, who became one of the FBI's most wanted men, and his wife Mickie—who would don her black wig and go out and rob a few houses on her own when she was bored—as well as other crew members, Harry Stocker, Effie Burowski, and "Billie Blew" McClurg.

Finally, Hornblum describes the transformation of the K&A gang from a group of thieves to working in conjunction with the Mafia to a gang that also sold drugs. It is a compelling read about a fascinating bunch of hoodlums.

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Allen M. Hornblum is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, and author of Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison.

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