Largest Bank Robbery in History Subject of New Book

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A new book by Jeff McArthur tells the sordid tale of the largest bank robbery in history, and why all the money was returned.

On a sunny September morning in 1930, six men pulled off the largest bank heist in history. Most remarkably, all the money was later returned. Some of the bandits had committed the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and their boss, Al Capone, later made them give all the money back. The incredible story is revealed in the new book The Great Heist – The Story of the Biggest Bank Robbery in History.

Also revealed in the book is the hunt for the money by two unlikely partners; one the crooked County Attorney who ran the gambling rackets in southeast Nebraska, the other the straight-laced Assistant US Attorney who even withheld income tax when paying his gardener. Together they would navigate the dangerous streets of gangster-era Chicago and East St. Louis, and would strike a back alley deal with the infamous Chicago Outfit. Ultimately, Nebraska got its money back, and two innocent men went to jail.

Additional characters include the Secret Six, Eliot Ness’s Untouchables, Fred “Killer” Burke, and Al Capone’s long lost brother, (who was a Prohibition officer in Nebraska.) There is also a plethora of colorful personalities, including the father of John F. Kennedy’s lead speech writer, and the brother of William Jennings Bryan.

Jeff McArthur is the author of Pro Bono – The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate, and the Relic Worlds science fiction series. He lives in southern California where he writes books, designs games, creates videos, and occasionally works in the film industry.

The Great Heist – The Story of the Biggest Bank Robbery in History is available on all major e-readers, including the Kindle and the Nook, as well as on paperback at Amazon and at select bookstores. You can see more about the book and the extraordinary story at:


If you’d like more information about this, or to schedule an interview with Jeff McArthur, please call 818-631-3185 or email him at jeff(at)bandwagononline(dot)com

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