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Fascinating True Stories from the Flip Side of History

The Great Venus Swindle

 

In 1953 Harold Jesse Berney, head of a Washington, DC television antenna manufacturing operation, was chosen by the US government to be its main contact with Uccelles, a prince visiting our planet from Venus.  If that sounds a bit bizarre, check out this story to learn about one of the most fantastic swindles ever conceived.

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Stolen Coffee Truck

 

On January 22nd of 1958 thieves in New York City stole a tractor trailer loaded with $22,000 worth of green coffee.  (That would be about $175,000 today.) They drove the truck to another garage at 564 Carroll Street and unloaded the coffee.  What they didn’t anticipate was that in removing all of that weight, the truck’s body would rise higher than the garage door through which it had entered.  

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The Bowery’s Santa

 

Joe Bonavita was a Brooklyn tavern owner who went to the Bowery in 1946 to give away a big chunk of his hard-earned money to those less fortunate.  Believing he was crazy, the men refused to take his handouts.  But Joe wouldn’t take no for an answer…

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The Woman with the X-Ray Camera

 

One of the most bizarre stories that I have ever researched. The nearly unbelievable true story from 1946 about a New York City woman hired to investigate another woman suspected in a jewel heist.  What happened next is truly unforgettable.

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Baltimore’s Buried Treasure

 

A fascinating story about two Baltimore boys that discovered a pile of gold coins in a basement back in 1934.  In this case the pot of gold proved to be anything but lucky. Read this true story to learn why.

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William Cimillo – Busman’s Holiday

 

Every day for sixteen years, bus driver William Cimillo drove his passenger bus out of its garage in the Bronx.  One morning he decided to make a left turn off of his usual route and ended up taking a ride that he would never forget.

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Mr. Moneybags

 

Alexander Ector Orr Munsell was an incredibly wealthy man during the Great Depression. He seemed to have it all, until he suddenly gave it all away to live among the poor in a flophouse. Find out why he chose to do so and what happened after that.

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