Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K & A Gang
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Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K & A Gang

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From the 1950s to the 1970s, from Bar Harbor to Boca Raton, the ragtag crew known as the K&A Gang robbed wealthy suburban neighborhoods with assembly line skills. It was hard to imagine a more unlikely crew of successful thieves, writes Allen Hornblum. [They were] two-fisted, beer-guzzling, ear- and nose-biting hoodlums from a blue collar section of Philadelphia called...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Barricade Books (first published January 31st 2006)
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This book was a very informative book to read about a group rarely covered in any documentaries, and overshadowed by New York or Chicago Criminal enterprises. Growing up in the Kensington area of Philadelphia myself, the men spoken of in this book are held as legend, although sadly, spoken of and copied. As the area gets worse and more violent, the criminals from the era in this book are almost missed because of the rules they had. The book is good at conveying this, but is incredibly informativ...more
The first half of this book had me almost rooting for the bad guys, seeing how difficult it was to make an honest living at the time in the cities, but not quite. It really was interesting to see the attention to detail and well thought out plans these men would come up with, had it only been directed toward positive goals...
The middle section began to repeat the same details that we had already been told.
Overall, I enjoyed discovering the exploits of this group of misfits but was satisfied to f...more
Double C
Consider this rating for what it is: a ROAR out loud book about as colorful a bunch of characters as one might ever encounter, in fiction, real life, or non fiction. This has quickly become a favorite.
Matthew Frerichs
The beginning and the ending chapters were good but the middle chapters seemed kind of reluctant. Overall the characters depicted here were interesting enough to keep me interested.
Some parts were more interesting then others. A few chapters were super boring and dry to me.
I loved it! How can you not love kenzo's?
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