By Bill Mason

The terribly desirable memoir of the outstanding jewel thief who robbed the wealthy and the well-known whereas preserving an outwardly traditional life—an miraculous and entirely precise tale, the like of which hasn't ever prior to been advised . . . or lived.

Bill Mason is arguably the best jewel thief who ever lived. in the course of a thirty-year profession he charmed his manner into the internal circles of excessive society and stole greater than $35 million worthy of amazing jewels from such celebrities as Robert Goulet, Armand Hammer, Phyllis Diller, Bob wish, Truman Capote, Margaux Hemingway and Johnny Weissmuller—he even hit the Mafia. alongside the best way he seduced a high-profile Midwest socialite into leaving her fashionable industrialist husband, approximately died after being shot in the course of a theft, tricked either Christie’s and Sotheby’s into fencing stolen items for him and used to be a fugitive for 5 years and the item of a national manhunt. but regardless of the easiest efforts of legislations enforcement specialists from numerous states in addition to the government, he spent below 3 years overall in prison.

Shadowy, elusive and very deepest, Mason has been the topic of many journal and newspaper good points, yet no journalist has ever come as regards to realizing the proof. Now, in his personal phrases and without holds barred, he finds every little thing, and the genuine tale is way extra outstanding than any of the newshounds, detectives or FBI brokers who pursued Mason ever imagined. Confessions of a grasp Jewel Thief, expertly co-written through bestselling writer Lee Gruenfeld, is a special true-crime confessional.

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Utilizing a heavy-duty cutter I’d introduced, I clipped sufficient of the twine mesh protecting the window to make a gap to move slowly via. there has been a slim sill at the different facet, huge sufficient for me to kneel on with my backpack subsequent to me. Balancing at the sill within the pitch-black darkness, i attempted to not take into consideration the boiler room flooring some distance less than me—it was once concrete, now not sand—as I used a few stiff twine to place the cut-up mesh again in position. It wasn’t a neat task, however it used to be more than enough so an off-the-cuff observer wouldn’t realize that whatever used to be improper. I tied the rope onto the a part of the mesh I hadn’t reduce, positioned my pack again on, then decreased myself right down to the ground. I saved my eyes closed; for a few cause it’s a lot more straightforward to imagine issues that means, even in a room so darkish you can’t see a specific thing besides. as soon as down at the ground, I gave myself a second of state of being inactive simply to get better a bit. This used to be a secure time, simply because there have been no obvious indicators that anyone had gotten into the development. And if I’d been noticed, i may most likely disguise someplace within the boiler room for it slow. something approximately South Florida and its aged inhabitants: humans have been continually considering they have been seeing thieves and murderers engaged in nefarious ambitions, and usually the police have been under urged in responding and no more than zealous in checking issues out after they did arrive. I listened for any noises that may point out the guards have been alerted to something—shouts, operating, doorways slamming, sirens—then acquired my respiring again to general. via then my eyes had tailored adequate for me to make out imprecise shapes within the room. I crossed over to the door and cracked it a bit of, waited, then stepped out into the decrease hallway and walked towards the stairwell. on the backside there has been a door prime open air to the seashore. It used to be for emergency use in simple terms and was once alarmed. i started the seventeen-story climb to the pinnacle of the development, pausing under every one touchdown to hear for sounds from the hallway. there has been a time-clock station on each moment ground. My bet was once that there has been one on each one intervening flooring besides, yet in different places except the stairwell. That approach the defend must stroll the halls to hit the entire clocks, rather than simply going up and down the staircase. That used to be solid: the very last thing i wished was once to stumble upon a few defend making his rounds, but when one should still ensue into the stairwell, the percentages have been that his subsequent circulation will be up or down one flight and again right into a hallway. I’d be capable of get round his flooring with out being noticed. I made it to the roof point with no incident and jimmied open the door with a strip of celluloid. once more, an inexpensive lock secure a door that everyone assumed didn’t actually need any safeguard within the first position. The evening air felt cool and candy. Even the breaking waves sounded soothing, even though they might are inclined to drown out any moderate sounds that will be priceless to me. I appeared round to discover the lineup points—stacks, wires, antennas—that could orient me to the place Elizabeth Bender’s balcony used to be, then tied one finish of the rope round a vent pipe and peered out over the sting.

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