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Catching the count became a cat-and-mouse game for Rubano and the Secret Service. Lustig traveled with a trunk of disguises and could transform easily into a rabbi, a priest, a bellhop or a porter.
Dressed like a baggage man, he could escape any hotel in a pinch—and even take his luggage with him. But the net was closing in. Lustig finally felt a tug on the velvet-collar of his Chesterfield coat on a New York street corner on May 10, Lustig studied the circle of men surrounding him, and noticed Agent Rubano, who led him away in handcuffs.
It was a victory for the Secret Service. But not for long. He fashioned a rope from bed sheets, cut through his bars, and swung from the window like an urban Tarzan.
When a group of onlookers stopped and pointed, the prisoner took a rag from his pocket and pretended to be a window cleaner.
He allowed himself to be led in a promise; Jean Valjean had his promise. Even to a convict, especially to a convict. It may give the convict confidence and guide him on the right path.
Law was not made by God and Man can be wrong. Lustig evaded the law until the Saturday night of September 28, Watching from a hiding position, FBI agent G.
The two federal officers leapt into their car and gave chase. For nine blocks their vehicles rode neck-and-neck, engines roaring. Sparks flew.
The cars crashed to a halt. The agents pulled their service weapons and threw open the doors. Just before sentencing, another journalist overheard a Secret Service agent tell Lustig:.
There was a chorus of howls, whistles, and the clanging of metal cups against bars. Whatever his true identity, the cold weather took its toll on prisoner By December 7, , Lustig had made a staggering 1, medical requests and filled prescriptions.
The prison guards believed he was faking, that his illness was part of an escape plan. They even found torn bed sheets in his cell, signs of his expert rope making.
There, he died from complications arising from pneumonia. He searched through records rescued from Nazi bonfires, pored over electoral rolls and historical documents.
Finally, however, on a Saturday night in Sept. For his remarkable work, Victor Lustig earned a year prison sentence at the infamous Alcatraz.
In March of , Lustig contracted pneumonia and was pronounced dead two days later at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.
His occupation was listed as apprentice salesman on his death certificate. Before it was sold, Lustig would pack the box with additional genuine notes, to buy him time to make a clean escape, before his mark realised they had been conned.
One of Lustig's most infamous uses of the device was upon a Texas sheriff, whom he convinced to buy it for thousands of dollars.
Upon realising he had been tricked, the sheriff pursued Lustig to Chicago. Upon meeting him again, the sheriff was conned into believing that he was not operating the device correctly, and was handed a large sum of cash as compensation, unaware that the money was counterfeit.
This counterfeiting would eventually lead to his arrest by American law enforcement officers. When the Great Depression hit, Lustig concocted a risky scam aimed at Al Capone , knowing that he faced certain death if his mark realized he was being conned.
For Lustig, the scam was not a straight-out con, but one designed to get his target to part with a relatively small amount of cash. Capone got the impression that he was dealing with an honest man.
At this point, Lustig told Capone that the failure of the deal meant he had lost all means of supporting himself. In , Lustig went into a partnership with two men from Nebraska —pharmacist William Watts and chemist Tom Shaw—to conduct a large scale counterfeiting operation.
Both Watts and Shaw engraved the plates that would be used to manufacture the counterfeit dollar bills, while Lustig organised a ring of couriers to distribute the forgeries, ensuring that they were kept in the dark regarding the production of the counterfeits.
When Lustig's mistress, Billy May, learnt he was betraying her for Shaw's young mistress, she decided to take revenge and placed an anonymous phone call to the federal authorities.
Although he openly admitted to his partners' involvement in the operation, he himself feigned ignorance in the matter. Shaw was able to duplicate the printing process, Watts made the plates, and Victor handled distribution.
The gang were wildly successful — too successful, as it turned out. The Secret Service set up a special task force with one goal, to take down the counterfeiters.
They soon discover it was Lustig behind it, but they were unable to track him down. Then in May they received an anonymous tip off, reputedly from his mistress after she found out he had cheated on her.
She pointed them to his hotel in New York, and the agents arrested him on the street outside it. A key in his pocket turned out to be for a locker in the Times Square subway station, where he had stashed some of the plates and chemicals his gang had been using.
One of the agents admiringly told Victor that he must be the smoothest conmen in the world. Victor shook his head. Victor was locked up in the Federal House of Detention in New York City, a building the governor proudly touted as escape-proof.
These he used to cut through the screen in a washroom and get out of a window, where he distracted spectators by pretending to be a window cleaner.
It was a daring and audacious escape, but it was all for nothing as he was recaptured less than a month later in Pittsburgh.
Victor initially pleaded not guilty, but William Watts had also been captured in September. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and sent to Alcatraz Island.
In the end he served less than 12 — he died in , of either a brain tumour or of complications from pneumonia.
Either way, it was an ignominious end for the one-time King of the Con Men. Ciaran lives in Belfast, where he programs professionally and writes compulsively.
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