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May 1973

The Thief: The Autobiography of Wayne Burk, Professional Thief,

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(5):756-757. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320110140030

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This is a remarkable book that tells very frankly and honestly, and in detail, the story of a man who spent much of his life stealing. He was thought to have stolen about $15,000,000! The strange thing is that he doesn't tell much about what he did with all this money. He tells of having stolen, in one night, half a million dollars. Another time he lost $10,000 on a horse that came in fourth; also he admits to drinking heavily. Such expenditures could explain why he soon went back to burglary. Some thieves love to give big parties; apparently if they steal $50,000 the money is soon gone, and they have to go get more. It is hard to fathom the mind of a man who had stolen $100,000 in one day, yet would not try to live quietly somewhere for months or years without risking his life and

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