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    (December 28, 1936-November 2, 1979)
    Born in Clichy-la-Garenne, France
    Bank robber/burglar/kidnapper
    Claimed in his autobiography to have committed over 40 murders
    Known as France's 'Public Enemy Number One'
    Shot by police sharpshooters while driving his car
    He was expelled from a Catholic school for aggressive behavior.
    His marriage to Lydia De Souza broke up in a year.
    He was hailed as a French Robin Hood even though he kept all the money he stole.
    He tried to provide political justifications for his crimes, with the screenwriter of a biopic of his life commenting, 'If you stop and think about the things he used to say, you realize that they were actually stupid.'
    He was obsessed with his publicity.
    In response to a negative article, he kidnapped journalist Jacques Tillier, tortured him and shot him in the head, arm and leg. (Tillier survived the shooting.)
    He escaped from the highest security prisons in both Canada and France.
    He had a great sense of style and often robbed banks while sporting the latest fashions.
    At one of his arrests, he greeted the police chief with champagne.
    In a magazine poll, he beat out Princess Grace as most popular person in France (1978).
    After his death, there were complaints that the police did not give him a chance to surrender before opening fire.

Credit: C. Fishel


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