CRIME: Tough Guy

He was left on the Sawicki doorstep in Chicago when he was three days old. The Sawickis christened him Bernard. He soon got a different name for himself—Knifey. "Bernie has always been a bad boy," said Anna Sawicki. "I'm sorry I ever took him in—he'd be better off dead." Once he told his foster mother: "Don't ever put a hand on me, or I'll knock your teeth out."

His foster father used to beat him regularly, but Knifey didn't care. He was a tough guy.

Three years ago, when the cops first caught Knifey stealing, they listed him as a boy...

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