Friday, July 30, 2021

The couple before Bonnie and Clyde

Richard and Margaret Whittemore ran a jewel robbery gang, and their crimes in 1925 and 1926 were front page news across the US. Before Bonnie and Clyde, the Whittemores established the image of the bad boy gangster and his moll. Richard Whittemore, "The Candy Kid," lured flapper Margaret, aka "Tiger Girl," into the high life of crime. Richard Whittemore was a career criminal who escaped from the Maryland state penitentiary on February 20, 1925, after killing a prison guard.
On October 29, 1925, six gunmen hijacked an armored truck en route to the U.S. Federal Reserve. Stopping the truck they killed the driver and the guard and then fled with $93,000 in cash. The robbery made headlines across the country. The gang was eventually caught. Whittemore was convicted on May 21, condemned to death on June 10, and hanged on August 13, 1926. Margaret Whittemore was arrested but never convicted for her roles in any of the crimes. She died at age 90 on April 13, 1993.