That year, Fred and Alvin shot a sheriff to death. The murder started a pattern of thoughtless killing by the gang. Barker became a wanted woman. Her parents were of Irish and Scottish descent.
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Constitution of the United States of America. Submit your story to HNN. Steve Ray Meeks, 62, of Louisa, Kentucky, previously pled guilty to bank robbery. The day before, Meeks admitted that he had approached the bank with his hood over his head and a ski mask covering his face and tried to get in after the bank had closed.
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John Wojtowicz was a romantic - he says that's why he tried to rob a bank to finance his lover's gender reassignment surgery. The failed robbery inspired the film Dog Day Afternoon and several documentaries, the latest of which, The Dog, is an affectionate, no-holds-barred portrait of a New York eccentric. On 22 August , John Wojtowicz and two accomplices, Salvatore Naturale and Bobby Westenberg walked into a Brooklyn branch of the Chase Manhattan bank, carrying shotguns - but immediately the raid went disastrously wrong. Westenberg said he couldn't go through with it and walked out, the bank's safe turned out to be half empty, and one of the staff managed to raise the alarm.
The botched heist and ensuing hostage standoff — an absurdist melodrama that featured an in-person plea for surrender by Wojtowicz's lover dragged in from the Kings County Hospital psychiatric ward where she was under observation following a recent suicide attempt ; a circus-like crowd of thousands cheering and jeering behind police barricades; and ultimately the gunning down of Wojtowicz's co-conspirator Sal Naturale on the tarmac at Kennedy Airport while they awaited an escape plane — was the basis for the Oscar-winning movie Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino as Wojtowicz and John Cazale as Naturale. While the movie's running time is minutes, the actual standoff lasted 14 hours, the entire saga playing out on local New York City television, even preempting coverage of Richard Nixon's acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination at the party's national convention that same evening. Yet even those New York residents who were glued to their TVs don't know half the story's incredible twists and turns, which are now, at last, fully captured by Berg and Keraudren through rare footage and exhaustive, expletive-laced interviews with Wojtowicz before he passed away in , at age 60, from cancer. Here are a few of the most surprising things about the life of the man who — as much for his insatiable libido as his hard-to-pronounce surname — called himself "The Dog" and that fateful August day more than 40 years ago.