CRIME: The Big Payoff

Late one night last week, a slight, balding man with a hawklike nose, wearing a sharp gabardine suit and the air of an English butler, emerged from the jailer's office at the East Cambridge, Mass, jail and barked, "Gimme an aspirin, will you?" He was Joseph James ("Specs") O'Keefe, 47, and he had been talking almost continuously for three days. Outside, on the streets of Boston and all over the U.S., newspapers repeated Specs' story in huge headlines and minute detail; after six years, the $2,775,395 Brink's Inc. robbery, the largest cash...

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