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Stealing Sisi S Star

Author : Jennifer Bowers Bahney
ISBN : 9781476619392
Genre : History
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While on honeymoon in Vienna in June of 1998, at the height of the tourist season, Gerald Daniel Blanchard, an accomplished thief, happened upon the greatest challenge of his life when he spotted the last remaining “Sisi Star” on display in Schönbrunn Palace. Named after its former owner, the Empress Elisabeth, the ten-pointed diamond and pearl star was originally one of 27 that the enigmatic Sisi wore in her extravagantly long hair. Despite the multi-layered security system protecting the priceless jewel, Blanchard decided then and there to steal it. The star remained missing for nine years until a team of Canadian police investigators launched a joint task force to bring down a criminal organization that had robbed banks, stores and ordinary citizens on several continents. When their chief suspect offered to reveal the whereabouts of the Sisi Star, the investigators realized they were dealing with no ordinary thief. But no one involved in the case fully understood the history of the star, its ties to obsession, suicide and assassination.

Betrayer S Waltz

Author : Jennifer Bowers Bahney
ISBN : 9781476630441
Genre : History
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 Born into one of 19th century Europe’s more powerful families, Archduchess Marie Valerie was the favorite daughter of Austria’s Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. Determined to marry for love, in 1890 she wed her cousin, Franz Salvator of Tuscany and bore him 10 children. The dashing Archduke was not faithful. His affair with Stephanie Richter, a young, middle-class Jewish woman with a knack for flattering powerful men, led to an illegitimate child, a royal title of her own and a career as a double-agent in the prelude to World War II. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe became vital to Adolf Hitler, betraying the German Jews, the British government, and her home country of Austria—until Hitler betrayed her, leaving her without allies or protectors.


Author : Katrin Unterreiner
ISBN : 3850338924
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Wells Fargo Co Stagecoach And Train Robberies 1870 1884

Author : James B. Hume
ISBN : 9780786456246
Genre : History
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In January 1, 1885, Wells, Fargo & Company’s chief detective James B. Hume and special agent John N. Thacker published a report summarizing the company’s losses during the previous 14 years. It listed 313 stagecoach robberies, 23 burglaries, and four train robberies but included little or no details of the events themselves, focusing instead on physical descriptions of the robbers. Widely circulated, the report was intended to assist law enforcement in identifying and apprehending the criminals believed still to present a danger to the company. The present volume revisits each crime, updating Hume and Thacker’s original report with rich new details culled from local newspapers, personal diary entries, and court records.

Herman Baron Lamm The Father Of Modern Bank Robbery

Author : Walter Mittelstaedt
ISBN : 9780786492299
Genre : Social Science
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"This first full-length biography promotes Lamm from his supporting role, tracing his exploits and his use of concepts like "casing" a bank and planning escape routes. Analysis of arrest records finds Lamm's genius as a criminal mastermind overrated, and a detailed examination of the trial of Walter Detrich and James Clark brings to life Lamm's spectacular downfall"--Provided by publisher.

The Traitor S Wife

Author : Allison Pataki
ISBN : 9781476738628
Genre : Fiction
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A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason... Everyone knows Benedict Arnold—the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British—as history’s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold’s co-conspirator, Major John André, who was apprehended with Arnold’s documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in the plot: a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it. Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold’s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride’s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John André. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause. Together with her former love and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold. Told from the perspective of Peggy’s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress’s affairs even when it could cost her everything, The Traitor’s Wife brings these infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for freedom.

Longhairlovers Healthy Hair Secrets Revealed

Author : Jennifer Bowers Bahney
ISBN : 097766290X
Genre : Long hair styling
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Chasing Dillinger

Author : Ellen Poulsen
ISBN : 1476674655
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A son of Serbian immigrant parents, Indiana State Police Captain Matt Leach led the hunt for John Dillinger during the violent mid-1930s that came to be known in the Midwest as the era of the Public Enemy. Pushing a media campaign aimed at smoking out the fugitive, Leach elevated Dillinger to unprecedented notoriety. In return, Dillinger taunted him with phone calls and postcards, and vowed to kill him--a threat he never executed. Leach's use of publicity backfired, making him a pariah among his fellow policemen--many were suspicious of his tell-all approach to crime fighting. The FBI ordered his firing in 1937 for challenging their authority. After returning to private life and serving on the homefront during World War II, Leach planned to write a book challenging the FBI's version of Dillinger's final months. He died in a car accident in 1955, right after a meeting with his publisher.

Vienna A Doctor S Guide

Author : Wolfgang Regal
ISBN : 3211489525
Genre : Medical
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This guide is for all visitors to Vienna who are interested in the history of medicine. 15 walks through the city reveal the old medical Vienna: the Fools’ Tower, Freud’s private practice and apartment, the workplaces of many famous physicians, through the old General Hospital, the old university, and the most important pathological museums. Little-known details and anecdotes are included as well as a short history of Vienna and some gourmet tips.

Asfidity And Mad Stones

Author : H. Byron Ballard
ISBN : 0996758305
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