Month: March 2016

History of American Boxing

Sparring was exhibited as a genuine sport at exhibitions and private gymnasiums. Boxing bouts used to last for hours. He had ‘drowned’! However, the match attracted immediate legal response.

John L. The bouts were often against local laws. They were betted on by their wealthy southern masters. He won his freedom after knocking out a rival from an adjoining plantation. However, the flip side of the coin is that this sport has also enabled many a country to create a niche in the world of sport, and many a sportsperson to find true self-expression. Heenen and Thomas Sayers: They enhanced their sports careers on becoming the first recorded joint winners of a bout. The primitive sports psychology applied was ‘fight till one man is finished’. The techniques were used, not for a purse or to inflict bodily harm, but to take the sport to the next level. The boxing exhibited then included wrestling. He refused to fight a black, and knew nothing of the science of the ring, but he had a knockout punch.

Earliest Rules

John C. There was no ‘weight’ category, and neither were victors recognized officially. In the former, the boxers fought for money, with bare knuckles. At that point in time, the matches were fought bare knuckles. The earliest forms of expression of the sport probably rose out of the need to declare supremacy of the physical body, and the extent to which it can be resilient. He was known to be an honest fighter, who could adapt to any set of rules. The first great slave fighter known was Tom Molineaux. There, he fought several times between 1810 and 1811, finally losing out to Tom Crib, the English champion.

African-American boxing involved bouts between Black American and Hispanic American boxers, and at times, even Native Americans who were victims of slavery. The sport is believed to have become a part of the American world of sport and history in the 18th century. In sparring, the combatants wore gloves and displayed a new kind of ‘science’ associated with the moves in the ring. The sport ‘arrived’ via the youth of wealthy southern families.

The Early Days

Christopher Lilly: He is best remembered for defeating Thomas McCoy in a bout that lasted for a whole two hours and forty-one minutes! McCoy died in the 77th round due to fluid from wounds draining into the lungs. The sport originated from typically primitive hand-to-hand combats of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The sport was brutal and bloody.

The earliest set of rules laid-down included:

No hitting below the belt No hitting an opponent who was ‘down’ in the ring No wrestling holds below the waist 30-second rest periods Knockdown spelled round over In 1866, the Marquis of Queensberry laid down a set of glove fighting rules that included:Compulsory use of gloves No wrestling Rounds lasting three minutes Rest period of one minute Recovery period of ten seconds after knockdown The Early Heroes of American Boxing

Tom Molineaux, a slave boxer: He ‘won his freedom’ in 1809 and went to England. The boxers were allowed to choke, throw, and kick their opponents. American boxing developed out of sheer show of strength, but evolved into a sport that enabled many strong-willed and able-bodied men to ‘find’ the power of resilience.

Boxingthe sport itself creates an image of swollen appendages and a bruised face. The pugilism was passed on when the British colonized the Americas. Spectators formed the ring, and the absence of a referee and time limit made the sport a brutal affair. The fight took place on April 17, 1860, in Hampshire, England.

The earliest recorded history of boxing in America is one of a public spectacle. Sullivan: Popular as the ‘Boston Strong Boy’, he became America’s first ‘sports hero’. This was probably the era that marked the beginning of extreme sports.. The fights were soon categorized into sports betting or prize fighting and sparring. There were no-holds-barred combats that were encouraged

Most Famous Robberies in History

The truck was filled with more than US$3 million in cash. But he did come back later, which the police found out and made sure they got him.

Robbing from Royalty

Anthony Carleo walks in to the Bellagio one day and demands the operators of the craps pit to come up with all the chips they have. They supported claims of Wells’ involvement.

One of the biggest gold bullion robberies in history happened at Brink’s-MAT warehouse, London. The incident took place on February 21, 2006, at Kent in South East England.

First, they kidnapped the manager of the depot, Colin Dixon. Bührle Art Museum (2008), US$162 million

You can’t have Vegas without the dapper crooks and the gold-digging beauties. The paintings by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Degas, and Monet, have been valued at a total of US$162 million.

One of the biggest quandaries of art theft is that regular connoisseurs don’t buy stolen art. They captured and handcuffed him. Their final haul was worth £26 million.

The robbers could get in with the help of a security guard, who was the brother-in-law of one of the thieves. It’s not certain exactly who robbed it, or how many robbed it, or where the gold went. The thieves stole a staggering US$500 million worth of art, which has never been found. With everything ranging from movies to media coverage or rumors to political cover-ups, our view of crime becomes a bit skewed. Edwards was new to the job, and was possibly taken by Blood’s deceitful charm. He later claimed a patriotic cause, stating that the painting belonged to Italy, and was hailed for his act. The two bank employees are then given specific instructions and made to go to work the next day as if everything was fine.

The Mona Lisa (1911)

The first haul is what the cops called the trial run. They carried the cages full of cash to their truck and ran off. The bank had already called for the cops, who got there by the time Wells was out of the bank. On that day, they broke in through the floor, and took whatever they could before anyone could find out and raise an alarm. He hailed the works of painters of Germanic descent and the classics of the Old Masters, while derogated and even ordered to remove or destroy a lot of Modern art, or even art that he didn’t like.

He ordered the formation of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), which was controlled by Hermann Göring. When they were shown to the vault, the two pulled out their guns on the unsuspecting employees, the manager, and the guards. Indeed, born in 1955, he came to London for the high life, after being wanted in his home, Italy, for 50 instances of armed robberies. The two bankers withdraw £1 million, put it in a bag and hand it over to one of the criminals. Then they kidnapped his wife and kids. So love it or hate it, human greed, ambition, and adventurism will always attempt to reach new heights.

The repercussions of the robbery were quite serious. The robbers then uncoupled the engine and the first two carriages from the rest of the train. Blood then frequented the Tower to meet his ‘new friend’ Edwards, who started inviting him to his house for dinner. They simply left too many clues that the cops just ate up. So they had to leave all that cash hidden somewhere. He went broke and ended up owing a lot of money to people (mostly the crown itself) who wanted it back. The underground art dealing world has been valued at billions of dollars annually, but the deals have to be carried out with the tightest of lips and the most firm of handshakes. He therefore dared to steal from the inner crypt of the treasury. The reasons as to why the King did this are not really clear, and is a mystery. He apparently seduced the young Heather Tallchief, who did all the work. The paintings were feared burned off, until they were recovered in 2006, with repairable damage.

One-of-a-kind Robberies

It has been said that anyone who wore gold after 1983, was probably wearing Brink’s-MAT gold.

London City Bonds Robbery (1990), £292 million

Art Robberies

Three robbers forced entry into the E.G. They put a message out on the front door saying that the vault was closed, while letting in more accomplices who were waiting outside. He claimed that he was the only one involved in the crime and took the full ‘credit’ for the act himself.

This is what happens when a man tries to manipulate the system for gains when he is unable to provide for it himself.

James Verone had lost his job as a Coca-Cola delivery man after 17 years of working for them. Vicars even refused to show up for the trial by the Commission, making matters worse. They tricked the guards to step away from their desks and the alarm button, handcuffed, gagged and tied them, then left them in the museum’s basement. The group was led by Bruce Reynolds, who fled to Mexico with his wife and son. The robbers intended to steal £3 million cash, but changed their mind when they saw the three tons of gold bullion. Richard took help from the clergy to deal with the guards, then gained entry to the treasury room and made off with about 100,000 pounds. The basic story is something like this:

On August 28, 2003, Brian Wells was sent to deliver pizza. When they entered the Jewel Room, the thieves covered Edwards with a cloak, struck him down, bound and gagged him, then stabbed him to keep him quiet. Blood was arrested, but he refused to speak to anyone except the King.

Viccei could possibly have gone scott-free, if it wasn’t for a fingerprint in blood that he left when he got nicked while trying to open a box. He and an accomplice walked right in, asking about renting out a safe deposit box for themselves. £2.6 million was stolen from the traveling Post Office train that night, which is more than £40 million by today’s standards. The first two carriages had only a supervisor and a couple of unarmed employees, while the security was left in the carriages that they had uncoupled.

The money broker firm Sheppards got their knots twisted really hard in 1990, when a common mugger managed to loot £292 million from them. So when they went missing, all of Ireland was in an uproar.

Arthur Vicars, the Officer of Arms at the Dublin Castle, was the first suspect in the case embroiled in mystery and confusion. One of them hit Mills on the head with a cosh, knocking him unconscious. Sometimes they involve robbing their own king’s most valuable treasures.

Richard of Pudlicott was a commoner and a wool merchant by profession. The son gained entry to the house, while Talbot Edwards managed to free himself and scream for help with all his strength.

The train was stopped at the Sears Crossing, which the robbers realized was too steep to operate the theft on. He tried returning to England, at which point he was caught and jailed.

The thieves made a run for it, but were caught after a horse chase. In a way, it was the painting that made the criminal famous, and it was the theft itself that made the painting even more popular. He tried doing other jobs, but couldn’t keep them. Carleo left with US$1.5 million worth of chips.

He was arrogant enough to call himself the “Biker Bandit” and the “Cranberry Kid”, because he rode off on a bike, and the US$25,000 cranberry-colored chips that he stole. Of the few plausible explanations as to how the first two walked in with guns, one speculation is that it was an inside job, from as far inside as the people who ran the place.

One of the weirdest true incidents of robbery comes from a pizza delivery guy called Brian Wells. What the thief didn’t know was that the briefcase was full of bonds; bearer bonds. Nevertheless, this was one of the weirdest robberies in history, with some who still believe that there are mountains of sacks filled with gold hidden somewhere in Germany, that belonged to the Reichsbank.

This was a bank heist with supposed links to Irish political parties, namely the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). To carry this loot out, he either took the help of the clergy which he bribed, or possibly friends of his. They traveled to Bridego Bridge, under which they kept a van. The theft marks the loss of some of the most iconic artworks ever made, including those of names like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, and Degas.

The Scream (1994 and 2004)

Central Bank of Iraq (2003), US$1 billion

Securitas Depot (2006), £52 million

Dar Es Salaam Bank (2007), US$300 million

Sinn Féin is the other political party accused for the heist. All of this, of course, surrounded by an elite security patrol.

Called the biggest cash robbery in the U.K., the guys who pulled it off, left with about £52 million of nothing but cold, hard notes. Now I don’t know which Looney Toon they got this idea from, but in real life, all that dirt and gravel has to go somewhere right? They even had that covered, by posing as a gardening company! They would literally put the dirt into vans and throw it all far away, while the neighbors would think that was all a part of the gardeners’ ‘job’. And even if they kept everything clean, there were very few ways they could have laundered the money. Patrick’s Day, claiming to have gotten reports of disturbance in the area. The painting was in quite a vulnerable place (for better public viewing) and was thus stolen. Most of the money has not been recovered because they were unmarked bills.

The train’s driver Jack Mills was prompted to stop at 3 AM by an odd red light. It didn’t cover his debt completely, and surely not his desire to live lavishly. Apart from speculations, not much is known about this heist, mostly because of minimal media coverage.

Banco Central, Fortaleza (2005), US$71 million

Perhaps a story of box-office movie caliber, the life of Valerio Viccei was nothing short of excessive adrenalin-racing. Her co-workers took some out to fill an ATM and told her to get the van out in the back of the casino. That’s more than £500 million by today’s standards.

John Goddard was walking on a London street with his briefcase, when out of nowhere, a mugger took it from Goddard at knifepoint. The suspect, Patrick Thomas, was found dead of a gunshot. He had concluded that more than 60% of the valuables had already been removed from the tomb. One of his biggest qualms against art came when he was rejected by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts as a kid. And that was the number in 1984. All it was, was a president and his son, and a piece of paper.

Saddam Hussein was the President of Iraq at the time, and had complete control over the state activities and assets. Anything lesser is instantly rejected. There, they gained the friendship of Talbot Edwards, the Master of the Jewel House. The painting bore no damage in its two years of disappearance, during which time the Mona Lisa stayed with Peruggia at his apartment.

Blood was a devious man. He was later hanged for his crime.

Two accomplices were arrested and sentenced to prison. That’s exactly what happened, when three guards at the Dar Es Salaam bank ran away with US$300 million. He won’t get to spend much time in prison, so he probably won’t get the full medical attention that he wanted.

The idea of the robbery was put forth to the group by an unknown individual who went by the name (or possibly alias) Ulsterman. 299 of those bonds have since been recovered, thanks to informants.

The Regalia of the Order of Saint Patrick was one of Ireland’s most prized possessions. Notarbartolo later claimed that he and the other thieves were set up by a diamond dealer who was looking to claim money off an insurance fraud. They quickly formed a human chain from the train to the van, and transferred all the sacks and boxes there.

The theft that happened on March 18, 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is easily the biggest art theft, as well as the biggest theft of property in all of criminal history. Between dinner preparations, Blood convinced Edwards to show his guests the Crown Jewels. But every once in a while, we come across this rare act that, in its core is bad, but we can only be flat-out impressed about the way it was done. Viccei was the son of a lawyer and would stop at nothing to fill his life with excitement. More than 2-3 billion dollars of trade happens here every year. His body was exhumed just to confirm that he had died, and not pulled a trick to escape his recently acquired debts to the Duke of Buckingham.

Stardust (1992), US$500,000

We’ve seen the playboys and the determined. He oversaw the entire transfer, which was boxes of US$100 notes put into vans.

They opened as many safe deposit boxes as they could, gathering valuables worth around £60 million. He had previously robbed the Suncoast Casino, and the cops found plans to rob the Caesars Palace in his hotel room. Blood made the offer of having his cousin marry one of Edwards’ daughters, promising her quite a decent income by virtue of marriage and thereby gaining complete trust of the Edwardses.

But the crooks did it. When he got to the place, three men attacked him, subdued him, and put a metal collar around his neck. The police called for the bomb squad 30 minutes after the first 9-1-1 call was made. After his ‘talk’ with the King, he was not only pardoned, but was given a land in Ireland and £500 a year. They say it’s just for fun, but it’s anything but that for the authorities.

Thieves mostly fail, but some that succeed can continue to live on as legends. Another suspect, Keith Cheeseman was jailed for 6 and a half years. With a host of medical issues like Carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and a growth on his chest, Verone was an ailing 59-year-old with zero cash to treat himself. They quietly let the robbers in, who made off with more than £25 million.

King Tut Tomb Robberies

Hotel/casino Robberies

So old James gets into a bank with nothing but a note that says, “This is a bank robbery. But the detailing in the plan can be denied by no one.

Bank employee Chris Ward gets some uninvited ‘guests’ over, who force their way in and tie up him and his family. Even though half the criminals have been nabbed, the other half, as well as a large sum of money still bathes in mystery.

Bank/storage Robberies

The Reichsbank Robbery

This is the biggest train robbery in history, which happened on Bridego bridge in Ledburn, England. Viccei would reiterate that he was not in it for the money, he just liked the rush of doing it, claiming that it was even better than sex.

Viccei’s crowning moment was at the Knightsbridge Deposit in the City of Westminster.

Circus Circus (1993), US$3 million

Everyone has their own reason to act. Chris is taken to the home of his superior, Kevin McMullan, who was also bound by the other crooks. And each of those 301 bonds were worth around £1 million. The outer door and its seal was open, and Howard found the insides in complete disarray. By the time the police confirmed that the print belonged to Viccei, he had left for Latin America. They soon started to find those treasures with prostitutes and even in the fishing-nets on the river Thames! Most of the treasure was recovered, and after about half a dozen people were wrongly hanged and many more arrested and tortured and questioned, they finally caught Richard, who was quite boastful about it. The gang of robbers proceeded to the depot, armed with shotguns, handguns, a submachine gun (?korpion), and AK-47s, forced their way in and bound and gagged the employees inside. Here’s how.

They rented out a vacant house two blocks away from the bank three months before the robbery. He therefore decided to rob the treasury of King Edward I (Edward Longshanks), who was up against the Scottish resistance led by William Wallace (as shown in the movie Braveheart). He was caught when he tried to sell the chips online.

Before Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the tomb had already been broken into twice. It would even have worked if it wasn’t for one minor glitch; Verone didn’t have a gun.

All of this was not covered by the media during the War, but got more and more importance after it. And then some are just bat-crap crazy.

Northern Bank (2004), £26.5 million

The authorities received a note in 1931, demanding ransom for the return of the regalia. He lived the rest of his life as a legend and died in 1680. Well it doesn’t get more of an inside job than this! Apparently the crooks had connections with the militia in Baghdad, because they could make a clean getaway without any patrol stopping or checking them. This included the Central Bank of Iraq. By the standard of that time, that money was almost equal to an entire year’s worth of tax collection for the entire Kingdom of England! This is how he did it:

We’ve always admired human determination and ingenuity, even when it was used for all the wrong things. He died right there.

Turns out Richard had already stolen from the crown once; a small loot that didn’t last long. The Proceeds of Crime Act prompts any bank to flag any cash transfer or deposit beyond a certain amount (usually £10,000). Their primary aim was to destroy any and all Jewish art and books. They successfully ran off with the haul, as it took about an hour for anyone (outside the deposit) to figure out what had happened.

Two major things got in the crooks’ way: one was their lack of planning of what to do after they robbed the place, and the other was the Proceeds of Crime Act. Five others have also been arrested, with a few more still on the loose.

As the cops probed further, they found reason to believe that Wells was in on the robbery as well. She had long left Solis’ company after becoming pregnant with his child, and wanted to support his life.

One-dollar Robbery (2011)

Colonel Thomas Blood (1671)

When the King heard of this, he ordered the crown officials to search for the valuables. A lot of people were arrested, but had to be let go for lack of evidence.

The second time was in August 2004 when masked gunmen stole The Scream along with Munch’s other painting, Madonna. The thief was Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee at the Louvre. Although they vehemently denied any connections, the media and Government officials still blamed them, claiming that a robbery of such high scale could only be carried out by them. The thieves demanded a ransom of US$1 million, which the museum refused, while aiding a police sting operation to successfully recover the painting.

E.G. They are often charming, exceptionally smart, and even good-looking; sometimes coming very close to their movie and TV counterparts. Which is one of the reasons why all the four paintings have been recovered by 2012 with little to no damage.

The robbery of Banco Central in Fortaleza, Brazil, has to be one of the most deviously orchestrated heists in history. So Verone did the thing that – according to his self-proclaimed ‘logical mind’ – he should have done – rob a bank.

People who have nothing to lose (and maybe a little on the kooky side) often come up with the most ingenious things. So it goes without saying that the place is heavily guarded. An argument is that most of the gold was stolen by Germany from other countries anyway, so they really can’t claim anything. Please only give me one dollar.” He then took the dollar and told the cashier that he will sit in a chair next to him and wait for the cops to arrive.

You know, with all the other robberies that you’ve read about above, you’ll quickly figure out how exasperatingly simple this one was. Bührle Art Museum on February 10, 2008 and ran off with four of the most valuable paintings in the world. After he rose to power, he focused on ‘collecting’ as many paintings and other artworks as he could. The guard Black, his brother-in-law Brian Robinson, and a Micky McAvoy, were all caught and jailed.

The theft was first noted by Louis Béroud, a painter. At the same time, his physical condition was getting worse. They planned to strike on August 6, the day they knew the bank would be closed. He was calm, collected, charming, and devious. They gave him a rather ingenious contraption of a sawed-off shotgun that looks like a relatively harmless walking stick. Hitler, Goebbels, and Göring frequently visited the museums.

Verone thought this was a good idea, and on paper it may have seemed good to him – rob a bank for a small amount of money so the prison term won’t be too long, then go to jail and get medical attention paid for by the Government. Fingers were pointed, and one of those was straight at French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his Spanish painter friend, Pablo Picasso. He found most of it when he stole things. He simply started drilling a hole in the thirteen-foot wall! This of course he did alone, which required months of hard work through the nights of winter and into early spring. Sometimes it can be truly difficult why someone would go through all that effort for things that actually can’t be sold. Twelve years after the incident (September 2005), Heather appears out of nowhere and turns herself in. One such crook was Roberto Solis, the mastermind behind the movie-like Circus Circus theft of ATM cash in 1993.

Solis had just gotten out of prison for a robbery attempt, in which he shot and killed a security guard. By the time they got there, it was too late. The main vault of the Diamond Center is located two floors below the ground. When he realized that the Coalition forces were about to bomb Iraq, he ordered his son, Qusay, to go to the bank. But there was still the problem of people seeing the large gash in the castle wall. The robbers dressed up as police and gained entry to the museum on St. He solved this problem by sowing hemp seed near the wall. It was later concluded that the mastermind of the entire plot was Lee Murray, a reputed mixed martial artist, who was then sentenced to 10 years in prison. No one has been able to prove this; all incriminating evidence points to Notarbartolo and four others. But it should be noted that because of little or no media coverage or even official documentation, the numbers are all basically gross estimates.

The German Reichsbank held most of the Nazi gold and treasures during World War II. The money has never been recovered, and William is still reported missing.

Bellagio ‘Bike Bandit’ (2010), US$1.5 million

It is incredibly frustrating when you have people that rob you after you’ve placed all your trust in them. She simply drove off with all the money straight to Solis.

The FBI could only track them down to Denver, which happened to be just a pit stop. They forced open the metal grille that protected the Jewels. She and her crew were supposed to refill the ATMs around the casino in preparation of a busy weekend. More than 20 criminals have been suspected, with only 8 of them arrested. Which is exactly what he did. The collar had a metal box attached to it, which the assailants claimed was a bomb. One creepy speculation was that a lot of those people were not really crooks, just kidnapped people who were made to work for the real crooks. No concrete proof against any individual, let alone the IRA itself, has been found to date. The Viceregal Commission which was looking into the matter, blamed Vicars for the theft. 301 bits of paper that belong to anyone who is carrying them. One of the reasons they took £52 million was because the truck couldn’t carry any more; it was full.

Brink’s-MAT Warehouse (1983), £26 million

The Great Train Robbery (1963), £2.6 million

The scene turns out to be much, much shadier as the cops probe further. Most of the gold has not been recovered, and it is speculated that almost all of it was melted off and put into consumer circulation. And even if you want to get across all of this, you’re still to start out with a lock system with 100 million possible combinations. One guy takes him away, while the others stay with the rest of the family till the robbery is completed. He turned against his own king to win favor from King Charles II during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. William was a sports book cashier at the hotel. She was working as a driver for the Loomis Armored Car Company. It’s one of those plots that just keeps getting thicker and thicker the deeper you get. They got away with a total of R$164 million (US$71 million at 2005 exchange rate). The police say that this was done just to ensure that nothing stinks for the robbers.

Hitler’s appetite for destruction knew no bounds. But by that time, the masked robbers were already making their way into the engine. She agreed, but didn’t comply. They were so meticulous that when the cops first inspected their house, it was covered in burnt lime to destroy any evidence like fingerprints and DNA.

He was made to demand US$250,000, but the cashier gave him far less. The bomb had exploded, leaving a giant gash in Wells’ chest. This is one of the biggest reasons why crime is so glorified in movies, because it’s sometimes true in real life as well.

The gem district in Antwerp, Belgium, is the place through which 80% of the world’s rough-cut diamonds go through. But to get there, he would have to either gain entry through its entrance (and have to face the entire Royal Guard), or somehow go through the wall that protected the loot. They did it with such precision that no one could even figure out exactly how they broke in, until Notarbartolo was interviewed personally in jail.

Blood had Edwards arrange a grand dinner party for him and his ‘cousin’ (another accomplice) along with some other ‘family members’ (more thieves). When he stopped, he found out that the phone cables have been cut. He wore a full black attire with a black helmet. When Germany collapsed, the bank became a sitting duck for anyone who knew about it. Qusay gave them a hand-written note from Saddam, that asked for the withdrawal of $920 million. The police believe that about 15 people were involved in this robbery. According to their statement, the thieves had planned to put a fake bomb on his neck, just to provide enough room for him to escape. Meanwhile, the team of crooks included skilled excavators, mathematicians, and drivers to get the real job done. And when it comes to stealing, some of the most common motivations include the need for money, the need for more money, the desire of an object, or just plain old exhilaration. The room is covered by Doppler sensors, magnetic fields, seismic sensors, IR heat detectors, and probably even more stuff that they haven’t told us. The investigation went cold later, although efforts were still made even into the 1980s.

The most famous art theft has to be of the most famous painting in the world: the Mona Lisa. By the time he committed this particular crime, he was already wanted for quite a few others, as well as acts of rebellious discontent.

Blood and a female accomplice posing to be his wife entered the Tower of London under the pretext of viewing the Crown Jewels. No guns, no gangs, no killing, no planning, no nothing. A movie (Fool’s Gold, 1992) and a documentary were made about the robbery.

Gardner Museum (1990), US$500 million

Nazi Looting During WW II (1933 to the end of WW II)

The Mona Lisa was not to be seen for another two years, when the real thief tried to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery out of desperation. Wells kept telling the bank employees as well as the police about the bomb around his neck. Despite that, it took Howard and his team eight years to document and carefully remove the remaining contents of the tomb, then transporting it to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels (1907)

The figure in the painting looks scared for good reason: it is so popular that thieves can’t keep their grubby hands off it.

The first time the painting was stolen was in 1994, during the Winter Olympics. They started digging a hole from their house to the bank’s floor. An estimate of at least 100,000 works of art have gone missing or not been returned to their rightful owners.

The Biggest Bank Robbery Ever

The police managed to get back £19.7 million by March 2006. He notified the security who later concluded that the painting was indeed stolen. Upon gaining entry to the vaults, they were surprised to find all the gold, and decided to steal it along with the money.

Knightsbridge Security Deposit (1987), £60 million

Very little details about this robbery are known, although speculations arrive at a robbery of £2.9 billion. State-of-the-art security, the best guards from the best private sector security firms in the world, the works. When they entered, they subdued the employees and the other guards by pouring petrol over them and threatening to set them on fire if they did not comply. He claimed to be made the scapegoat by high-ranking officials. The hemp grew quite fast, helping to not only cover the wall, but also lay thick on the ground for him to hide the loot in, while he went back in for more. They gave him specific instructions about robbing a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.. He is currently out on parole, while the whereabouts of the gems is still a mystery.

Cops have recovered only about R$8.9 million. Blood had to flatten the Crown to hide it under his clothes, and cut down the Sceptre and Orb to make them fit into the small bag.

Antwerp Diamond Center (2003), US$100 million

Collar-bomb Robbery (2003), US$8,700

The plan was foiled by Edwards’ son, who just got home after finishing his military service. Then, for Hitler’s self-proclaimed artistic taste, the ERR was to “collect” basically anything culturally important that was present in the occupied countries.

One of the quietest robberies in any casino’s history, suspected crook William John Brennan simply walked off with $500,000 worth of cash and chips from the Stardust Hotel and Casino. Vicars on the other hand, denied all claims of the theft and openly blamed Francis Shackleton, his second in command. The next few years after this, about 6 murders have been connected to the Brink’s-MAT heist somehow. Which means a lot of the crooks are out there, enjoying any weather they want, with all that cash to make it more pleasant.

Richard of Pudlicott (1303)

The ERR has recorded to claim more than 21,000 artwork, most of which was kept in Museum Jeu de Paume in Paris. But to date, no one has been successfully caught for the heist. Both were held for questioning but were later exonerated.

The big one came after closing time, for which the two captives were told to stay back at the bank. Led by Leonardo Notarbartolo, a five-man group infiltrated the vault and got hold of gold, diamonds, and jewelry worth more than US$100 million. Vicars was still blamed for failing to act promptly when he received the message that the regalia was missing from its safe.

Thomas Blood, or Colonel Blood as he liked to call himself, was a devious man. But one accomplice switched the fake with a real bomb, supposedly as a means to kill Wells so he wouldn’t blow the whistle on them.

For taking one dollar without a gun, the judge charged Verone with larceny of a person, not robbery. It is protected by devices and systems that make the CIA headquarters security fantasy shown in Mission Impossible look like cute little plastic toys

Gaining the edge in sports betting

Sports is a Web site that is based around football. The Web designer and copywriter are responsible for maintaining the content on the site and ensuring that it always looks professional. Those looking to increase their chances of winning will find 2013 NFL lines from Johnny C Sports to be an interesting stop to make.

On a daily basis, working at Johnny C. Those who would like to work in the entertainment business will find this to be a good choice for a job.. Season games and playoff games have predicted winners based on the selections of the staff at Johnny C. Just about everyone enjoys a good game of baseball, basketball, soccer or football. Positions available at Johnny C. Helping people to choose winning teams is big business and requires workers with a good head on their shoulders.

Johnny C. Many people enjoy watching sports and now they get a chance to be a part of the industry.

Common challenges that workers may face while working for Johnny C. Sports can be very exciting. Having good communication skills and analytical abilities are required. Sports. The copywriter is responsible for writing grammar-free content and creating marketing content to bring in more customers.

The work atmosphere of Johnny C. Analysts will work closely with the owner to come up with a list of teams that are likely to win each of the games in a season and during the playoffs. Sports can be exhilarating given the industry that it is in. Choosing too many teams that are losing will give a bad reputation to the company, which can place the worker’s job in jeopardy. Sports is laid back and fun. Sports consists of taking calls from customers, answering questions, selling Web site memberships, writing and editing content and managing the Web site.

Overall, working at Johnny C. This goes for college and professional football games. There should be minimal down time for the site, so the Web designer should be quick on his or her toes to get out bugs and glitches. Dealing with unruly customers could also be a problem to be faced by workers here.

Working for Johnny C. Ideal candidates are expected to be sports enthusiasts, team players and easy going. There are expected to be some losses, but there should be a good win-lose ratio each year.

Sports is the entertainment venue for men and women across the globe. The fast-paced environment of this Web site keeps workers on their toes, trying to figure out who will be the next big winner. Sports is having a losing streak. It discusses predictions, game recaps and even selects teams that are expected to win. Sports is an Internet-based business, which means that workers get to work from home. Sports includes web designer, copywriter and customer service reps. At Johnny C. Whether it’s the Superbowl or World Cup, betting on who will win is something millions of people do

Sports :: So What is Betfair? Who runs it? Is it Safe?

Well Betfair, and other exchanges do exactly that, and if that is all you want to do that is all you actually need to know apart from the fact that the average odds over the long term are 20% higher than those you get in a regular bookmaker. Bookmakers do play a lot on the exchanges these days, but have to go with the market prices, and they also must pay commission, so a bookmaker with Millions, has to behave exactly the same way as Joe Public with his 10 wager.

Betfair have some simple to follow rules on the website, but briefly you have the following: 1) All odds are in decimal by default, which does scare some individuals off, so just hover your mouse over the odds and you will see them come into view as they are in the bookmakers. Now some folk think this is a gambling tax, and that the bookmakers charge 0%. Why is that? The foremost reason is they just do not realize the concept of it, and yet it is very simple. 4) The Pink side is used to LAY a horse, that is you want it to lose. The company has since expanded into Australia, and turns over more than 50 Million a week. That is not accurately true, you see the bookies get charged 10% tax by the government, and they claim that back by taking 10% off the odds!! They conceal it to fool you into thinking you are not paying tax! Betting exchanges tell you this expense upfront, and it is never more than 5%. In the Options you can change this so you just have one on either side if you are new. Large sums when you consider this is all clients funds! They now also have gaming products such as poker and a casino, and take 100’s of bets a second. 2) You have 3 rows of blue, and 3 rows of pink next to each selection. 8) Any races you have a bet on you can watch the live video stream.

Now you do have to pay a commission on each winning bet. This is also no different than people playing on the stock market buying and selling shares. Formed in June 200, the website was launched to allow customers to bet against each other rather than the traditional High Street bookmaker. Your account money is also ring fenced, meaning it is secured 100%.

Many gamblers have heard of Betfair but in comparison with folks that use bookmakers, only a small minority use the betting exchange. 3) The Blue side is used when you BACK a horse, that is you want that selection to win. Yes you can bet horses to lose here! 5) The minimum stake at Betfair is 2 6) To place a bet just click on the Blue/Pink odds, and enter your stake. I will do a speedy article here to enlighten you of the basics, but the most notable message is that if you do wager on horse racing, or sports, and you get pleasure from throwing money away, then please continue not to exploit a betting exchange!

The exchanges are also a level playing field, unlike bookies who can put the odds in their favour as much as they wish. Easy as that! 7) If you just want SP bets, set this in the Options. You can now even get the exchanges own version of SP, and yet again this beats the bookies SP over the long term.. So if you are using a bookmaker and losing say 10% of everything you bet over a year, if you had placed all those exact same bets with a betting exchange then you would probably have finished the year in profit! See how easy it is to see why you are throwing money away by not using them?

So do you not think it is time to begin having some of that extra money for yourself, instead of others taking it?

So now for a short history of the company. Now you know a conventional bookmaker offers you odds on an event, such as 6/4 the favourite in the 12:30 at Wolverhampton will win the race, or Liverpool FC will beat West Ham 1-0 at the odds of 5/4. This amount varies but starts at 5% for new signups, but you can get this down as low as 2%

‘Who Dat Nation” and Why I am Betting for The Saints to Win the Super Bowl XLIV

The Colts entered the Super Bowl off of 203 and 3017 victories, while the Saints advanced with scores of 4514 and 3128 defeating the Arizona Cardinals. Surely the Colts can beat them, but for humanitarian purposes I want them to win. During the playoff games both teams had a first round bye. Hey Maita, this is sports, we dont choose and play by emotions and besides, whose got the best quarterback? I want them to be happy and hopefully it will lift their spirits as well. The Saints enter the game with a 13-3 compared to the Colts 14-2. I have been wondering what does it mean and my friend told me, well, it simply means Who can beat us hehe,. Manning very much.

But hey, I can almost feel the new guitar in my fingers and arms! Wooooo!

The Two Teams and Their Records

The Super Bowl XLIV game will feature the Saints === their first ever Super Bowl appearance since the team was founded in 1967 and it is the fourth time a Colts franchise team has appeared ever since 1953 (their foundation in 1953 as the Baltimore Colts). I just whispered it silently.. However I am betting for the Saints to win, I have nothing to lose except of course I like P. In their three previous Super Bowl appearances by the way it happened all in Miami. Indianapolis Colts have lost once in 1969 and won twice in 1971 and 2007. Actually he is one win away to being the best quarterback plus the highest paid NFL player after he’ll sign his contract this year.

Why I am Betting for the Saints to Win — The GUITAR

My friends told me they will bet on the Colts and they will give me a new guitar if the COLTS will win.

I am betting for the Saints to win not because of statistics but because I want the Who Dat Nation to win and so their chant Who Dat will take effect. Now about Peyton Manning, I call him the smartest QB, watch his move and you know he is calculating every move he makes

Australian Open 2016 live stream online info, TV schedule & Round 1 match odds

5 Maria Sharapova will take on Japan’s Nao Hibino at 3 a.m. ET, while No. Djokovic has betting odds of 8 to 13, with Serena Williams at 3 to 1 odds. To watch the Australian Open live streaming online for free, cable and satellite subscribers can log into the WatchESPN website or apps. All four of these players are back in the draw and looking to make it far into this year’s tournament. As mentioned, Djokovic is defending men’s champ after besting Andy Murray in last year’s finals, while Serena Williams took down rival Maria Sharapova on the women’s side. Men’s No. According to in their Jan. First round play begins Sunday night and runs through early morning on ESPN2 and Tennis Channel.

The Australian Open 2016 live stream online and televised coverage of the Round 1 schedule picks up on Sunday night from Melbourne Park. Two other heavy favorites for the men in first round action are Tomas Berdych (-10000) over Yuki Bhambri (+2500) and Roger Federrer (-10000) over Basilishvili (+2500), according to Bovada’s online sports book odds.

Sunday’s Australian Open 2016 live coverage starts as early as 7 p.m. For live television viewing, ESPN2 will be covering first round matchups. For UK viewers, Eurosport will be the top option, while in Canada, TSN channels and TSN GO will have complete coverage of the tournament this year.

. Sling TV subscribers can also use their app or TV program to watch live feeds if ESPN2 is included. The two stars just so happen to be the defending champions for this tournament as well as the favorites to win it all again in 2016. Eastern Time Sunday night, while No. 6 Petra Kvitova taking on Kumkhum and Carla Suarez-Navarro taking on V Golubic. 1 women’s player Serena Williams. Andy Murray has 6 to 1 odds and Victoria Azarenka has odds of 10 to 3. A complete schedule of play can be seen at

In terms of odds to win this year, the two reigning champs are leading the way. Serena Williams steps onto the court for her first round matchup against Italian player Camila Giorgi at 9 p.m. Eastern Time for United States viewers. ET. 3 Federer takes on Nikolz Basilashvili starting at 3 a.m. 1 Djokovic will open against Korea’s Hyeon Chung at 11 p.m. ET early Monday. 1 men’s player Novak Djokovic and No. For opening round play, Serena has odds of -1200 to defeat underdog Giorgi (+650), while Djokovic is a whopping -10000 favorite to defeat Chung (+2500). 17 report, the top three seeds for this year’s tournament for the men will be Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer. For the women’s side, it will be Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza. Action continues throughout the night from this season-opening WTA and ATP level tournament for pro tennis as the Australian Open live stream and TV coverage comes via ESPN.

Among the big first round matchups for the women will be No. Several of the biggest stars in the game will be on the court for United States viewers to watch on TV or online including No

Maria Menounos strips down to bikini in Times Square after losing Super Bowl bet

At least it’s not bitter cold there.

Never one to forfeit a bet, Menounos disrobed to reveal a sparkly red and blue top and brief white bottoms today.

She wrote: ‘Flying to ny now…today is gonna stink.

The 33-year-old Extra host gamely stripped down to a tiny string bikini in Times Square this afternoon.

She had to steal herself for the big reveal though as she departed Indianapolis to arrive in the Big Apple.

He wrote on his Twitter page earlier today: ‘My girl @mariamenounos lost a Super Bowl bet & had to wear a NY Giants bikini!Big props..Look great.’

Smiles all around: Both presenters actually look happy by the outcome of Menounos' betSmiles all around: Both presenters actually look happy by the outcome of Menounos’ bet

She may have lost a bet after the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI yesterday, but Maria Menounos definitely gained some new fans today.

She had promised her Extra co-host Mario Lopez that she would wear a Giants bikini in the bitter New York cold if the New England Patriots lost the Super Bowl. .

She tweeted a photograph of herself earlier today wearing her robe with the caption: ‘Ready to face the music.’

The winner and loser: If AJ Calloway had lost the bet, he won have had to don a Patriots cheerleading uniformThe winner and loser: If AJ Calloway had lost the bet, he won have had to don a Patriots cheerleading uniform

Game girl: Alas, it was the Extra presenter who lost the bet, and lost her clothes as wellGame girl: Alas, it was the Extra presenter who lost the bet, and lost her clothes as well

ByLaura Schreffler

Updated: 08:33 EST, 7 February 2012

‘Sorry, but you know what – I love the Pats for fighting to the bitter end. Her 38-year-old co-host was as impressed by her dedication to keeping her word as he was to her fabulous figure. #PATRIOTpride’, she write.

The presenter definitely earned some appreciative glances from the men in the crowd, including co-host Lopez. Should be 50 degrees I hear.’

The brunette beauty is a longtime fan of the American football team as she was born in Massachusetts. Calloway would have to wear a Patriots cheerleader outfit.

Before: Menounos and her co-host stood in the middle of Times Square, fully clothedBefore: Menounos and her co-host stood in the middle of Times Square, fully clothed

After: The 38-year-old presenter is smiling, and why shouldn't he look so happy given the woman beside him?After: The 38-year-old presenter is smiling, and why shouldn’t he look so happy given the woman beside him?

She wisely kept a pair of warm Ugg boots on her feet.

So sad: The 33-year-old pretends to shed a tear that her beloved Patriots lost the Super BowlSo sad: The 33-year-old pretends to shed a tear that her beloved Patriots lost the Super Bowl

The terms of the bet were that Menounos would ‘bare all’ if the Patriots lost, while correspondent A.J.

She's game: Maria Menounos stripped down to a Giants bikini today in Times SquareShe’s game: Maria Menounos stripped down to a Giants bikini today in Times Square

The correspondent doesn’t blame her team for losing, or for the fact that she had to strut her stuff in the midst of Manhattan

High School Senior Project Ideas

Find out ways and means on how to make your project a one-of-a-kind creation, that is both fun and serves as a good learning experience.After you have all you need to put these projects together, come up with a way to record all that you do by collecting forms/signatures or certified proof, to show that you’ve completed the task at hand. It’s a fun activity, plus you get graded for all that hard work you and your teammates put into it. Projects need to be well thought out – about how to go about it and which subject area would serve your purpose well. So when your professor/teacher asks you to prepare a project that is meaningful and requires a good plan of action, you’ll find here that these high school senior project ideas will suffice.

Project Ideas for High School Seniors. Machine

Power of Prayer

Drug Abuse

Topics List for Projects

Vampires: Myth or Reality?

Child Adoption

US Constitution

Non Profit Organizations

Underage Marriages


Immigration and Emigration Situation

Nostradamus Predictions and Armageddon

Creation vs. In a group, a project is easier done, since everyone is assigned a particular task, making it easier to finish. The stronger the topic foundation, the easier it is for you to do well. It gives the faculty an idea of how a student is when it comes to teamwork and leadership skills as well.

Long Term Effects of Narcotics Use

Child Abuse and Trafficking

There are two ways to go about senior project topics, either written/presented or actively done over a period of time. Evolution

Legalizing Marijuana

Reincarnation Beliefs

Psychological Effects of LSD

History of US Presidents

Government Conspiracies


Human Cloning

Human Rights

Albert Einstein Theories

Senior year in high school can be a pretty tedious time of projects and semester submissions. So depending on what is asked of you, look out for topics relating to either of the two. It’s added pressure to an already cramped schedule of tests and exams, while also keeping up with a heavy syllabus. Here you’ll find topics on subjects that you can either write an essay about after research, organize as a debate/discussion, make a presentation about or do a survey on.

Birth Control

Identity Theft

Sex Education

Man vs. Solo projects require a lot of research work done on your part, that is put together with systematic precision. Nuclear Fission

Gaming Era

Poverty Statistics

Global Warming

Life on Mars

Rape Statistics

Here you’ll come across unique project ideas, for those doing group/solo projects that need time, and effort. In this way you can up your chances in getting that A grade.

Organizing school event to raise funds. Coaching the soccer team for kids Assisting the elderly in old age homes. Choreograph dance or organize school play. Come up with a picture book for kids. Short documentary or film presentation. Putting away trash in your town. Organize a musical instruments performance. Donations to the homeless and needy. Volunteer at an orphanage. Take care of injured animals at a homeless animal center. Take classes for toddlers in kindergarten. Intern at a place which you’d like to one day specialize in. Give a class on languages or on how to drive a car. Decorate cakes and sell them door to door. Video compilation of high school years. Build a dog kennel. Organize a charity event. Build something after taking carpentry lessons. Take cooking classes and prepare meals for the faculty. Fundraisers for the poor/sick/physical or mentally challenged. Offer door to door help in fixing any household damages. Easy sewing project for beginners, by joining knitting classes. Put together a magazine of tattoo artists in your neighborhood, town or city. Find out about pet adoptions for a week, and compile a list of how you/the group took care of them.

These senior project ideas can really be a bonding tool when it comes to interacting with others in your class