Tuesday, March 20, 2018

George C. Parker - the Brooklyn Bridge

George C. Parker (March 16, 1860– 1936) was an American con man best known for his successful attempts to "sell" the Brooklyn Bridge.

He made his living conducting illegal sales of property he did not own, often New York's public landmarks. The Brooklyn Bridge was the subject of several of his transactions. Police removed several of his victims from the bridge as they tried to erect toll booths. Parker was convicted of fraud three times.
After one arrest, around 1908, he escaped the courthouse by calmly walking out after donning a sheriff's hat and coat. After his third conviction on December 17, 1928, he was sentenced to a mandatory life term at Sing Sing Prison. He spent the last eight years of his life incarcerated there.