CRIME: The Actor & the Bulls

CRIME The Actor & the Bulls In two decades of robbing banks and big jewelry stores, hollow-cheeked Willie ("The Actor") Sutton, 51, got away with close to a million dollars. His audacity, his passion for detail, his penchant for masquerade, kept two generations of New York and Philadelphia cops in an almost continuous state of heavy-breathing frustration. And when the bulls caught Willie they usually compounded their own embarrassment—"Slick Willie" repeatedly demonstrated a genius for escaping from prisons.

When Willie slipped out of Pennsylvania's tough county prison at Holmesburg five years ago—after donning a guard's uniform and waving jauntily to real...

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