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When skinny, 17-year-old Tommy ("Ramrod") Cook of Long Beach, Calif, decided to start a career as a holdup man, he knew just where to look for accomplices. He invited babyfaced, 17-year-old Muriel ("Pickles") Downs and 15-year-old Peggy Byrns to join him. Muriel's family were "strict" and made her go to prayer meetings twice a week, but her father had a .22-caliber target pistol and Peggy's divorced mother owned a 1935 La Fayette coupé.

Both girls were honored at Tommy's invitation; one night last month Muriel swiped the revolver, Peggy got permission to use...

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