Americana: Hard to Swallow

You are what you eat. In the case of Peter Lazaros, 44, convicted perjurer and suspected bank swindler, his last meal revealed another unpalatable identity: jewel thief.

A man with a taste for the finer things in life, Lazaros was staying at New York's Pierre Hotel in January 1977 when he asked the Bulgari jewel firm to bring an assortment of expensive gems to his room.

After a close inspection of the offerings, he declined to buy any. Bulgari officials later discovered that a $35,000 four-carat diamond and platinum ring was missing.

When they questioned Lazaros about its disappearance, he threatened to sue.

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