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The Bobbed Hair Bandit

When Celia Cooney told her son Ed she was the ”Bobbed Hair Bandit,” he thought she was addled by Alzheimer’s. It wasn’t until she died in 1992 that he and his brother discovered that their mother was, indeed, the infamous ”hard-boiled” stickup artist who, dressed in a sealskin coat, had terrorized New York City back in 1924. The book’s heavy dependence on library research makes it occasionally dusty and dry, but it nonetheless brings alive the darker side of flapper-era Manhattan.

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