William Francis Sutton Jr., better known as simply Willie Sutton, was a prolific bank robber who operated in the United States for forty years.
He operated in the mid 1900s, most actively in the 1920s and 1930s, his choice of weapon when performing these bank robberies was a pistol or a tommy gun.
Sutton spent many years in prison, but never had to worry about assault as he was protected by his mafia contacts from within the jail. He was considered very wise by other inmates.
Eastern State Penitentiary also housed the notorious gangster, Al Capone. Despite the penitentiary being an extremely strict isolation prison where mental health grew and suicides were inevitable, Sutton managed to escape, along with 11 other prisoners, but was later apprehended.
Sutton died of emphysema in 1980, but is considered as a ”legend” by many in the criminology world for his highly organized bank robberies and prison escapes.
Though he is not one of those at the top of the list when considering the icons of the criminal world, he really should be, although having never murdered anyone, that could be where he falls short.
Stealing a total of over $2 million during his bank robbing career and escaping prison three times, Willie Sutton is considered one of the ”best” bank robbers and all-round criminals in US history.
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