The Bobbed Haired Bandit: a true story of crime and celebrity in 1920's New York

Stephen Duncombe and Andrew Mattson, 2006

Celia Cooney, a pregnant bandit with bobbed hair, made national news. Her crimes launched the largest manhunt in New York City's history, humiliating the police with daring crimes and taunting notes as she and her husband held up local stores at gunpoint. Celia raised herself from a life of drudgery to become a celebrity in her own pulp-fiction novel, a role she consciously cultivated.

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