Willie Sutton Biography
Birthday: June 30, 1901 (Cancer)
Born In: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Willie Sutton, born as William Francis Sutton, was an American bank robber notorious for his prolific criminal career which lasted for forty years. He is estimated to have robbed over 100 banks, stealing around $2 million. He was a master of disguise who often impersonated a postal telegraph messenger, police officer or maintenance man. His expertise at carrying out robberies in disguise earned him the nicknames “Slick Willie” and “Willie the Actor.” Besides being an innovative robber, he also had a reputation for cleverly breaking out of prisons, which he did thrice. In spite of being a criminal, Willie was non-violent and polite; he never killed anyone throughout his career as a professional criminal. He always carried a gun on his robberies, but he later admitted that he never carried a loaded gun as he was afraid of injuring anyone. He was often arrested for his crimes and spent half of his adult life in prisons. He was also infamous for not completing a prison term and breaking out. He was first arrested in 1931 and handed a 30-year sentence. But, he escaped the very next year with the help of a smuggled gun and by holding a prison guard as hostage. In 1950, he was listed as the 11th wanted fugitive on FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, eventually being captured in 1952.