This outlaw, a common bank thief, should have faded into the annals of history as just another young man, born into poverty, and short on scruples. Yet today, his name and reputation are synonymous with a daring nature, and a kind of renegade brand. He scored bounties in bank heist after bank heist, and true to fashion, he boasted about how it just came naturally for him. He was thrilled when local banks complained that their insurance rates doubled due to his frequent raids. He was over the moon when local newspapers took to calling him the “Robin Hood of Crookson Hills.” He agreed with the characterization, saying “I have robbed no one but moneyed men.”
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