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Santa Claus Bank Robbery: A True Crime Saga in Texas

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Think you know all about the Santa Claus Bank Robbery in Cisco, Texas? Think again!

True Crime in West Texas

Marshall Ratliff thought robbing a bank dressed like Santa at Christmastime would be easy. He didn't expect the citizens of Cisco to come at him with guns blazing! But in 1927, a $5000 bounty was offered to any citizen who killed a bandit while the crime was in
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Published November 15th 2019 by Independently published
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Think you know all about the Santa Claus Bank Robbery in Cisco, Texas?

Well, I live in Texas, and not too far from Cisco, but I’d never heard anything about this bank robbery, nor was I aware of the museums, songs and shows influenced by this insane story.

In the 1920’s, bank robberies were becoming so commonplace, lawmakers offered a five -thousand- dollar reward to anyone who took out a bandit in the process of robbing a bank. That was a huge amount of
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(This review will be on my blog All the Ups and Downs soon.)
I don't normally read a lot of non-fiction, but there was something about Tui Snider's true crime novel Santa Claus Bank Robbery that really drew me in. Maybe it was the fact that I love to imagine how things were back in the day or maybe it was the mystery of the blonde woman that I wanted to know. Whatever it was, I am thrilled that I had the chance to read Santa Claus Bank Robbery.

Tui Snider opens her novel with a chapter that
Kristine Hall
HALL WAYS REVIEW: Upon finishing SANTA CLAUS BANK ROBBERY, which is the third or fourth of Tui Snider’s books I have read, I think she could write about the history of cement mixing, and I would have a blast reading the details. Tui has a gift for making her stories feel like she’s written them just for you. For those of a certain age, reading SANTA CLAUS BANK ROBBERY is reminiscent of getting letters from a newsy friend or relative who is inspired and passionate about a new project. Tui is all ...more
Ruthie Jones
Santa Claus Bank Robbery by Tui Snider is a quick glimpse into a 1920s West Texas bank robbery rife with haphazard shootouts, errors aplenty, and several colorful characters on both sides of the law. This book is a sure winner because while this bank robbery was no doubt bloody and frightening for all involved, Tui is a natural storyteller and gets right to the relevant and juicy details without overloading the reader with lengthy prose or buckets of gore. In addition to the gathered facts from ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is truth stranger than fiction, an old saying which aptly describes the larger-than-life accounting of Tui Snider’s Santa Claus Bank Robbery. I grew up near Ft.Worth, Texas, to a family with deep Texan roots. No matter how much I’ve read, or road trips to one-stop towns I’ve made, I’m constantly learning something new about my home state. This is the first I’ve heard of this historic event, and I’m very pleased to have been indoctrinated by Tui Snider.

I was pulled into Santa Claus Bank
Lynn Poppe
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’m all for sappy romance, especially during the holidays. (Let’s be honest, I’m always down for a sappy romance!) But a true-crime Christmas story? That’s unusual for me. I took a chance on Santa Claus Bank Robbery based on my previous history reading other books by Ms. Snider. I had a feeling she’d put her signature style into the novel. And she does! What I like most about Ms. Snider’s books is the highly researched topics written in a conversational style, usually with a side of humor.

Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I first heard about the Santa Claus Robbery on Drunk History (season 5 episode 9). I can't speak for the accuracy of that episode but what I will say is that Tui did some massive digging into files, newspapers, and other sources to get to the bottom of what really happened that fateful day in Cisco Texas. She became a detective for the truth.

This is a masterfully told story of a bank robbery, the innocent victims, the criminals behind the robbery, and a few others that we may not know the full
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the last few years of doing book reviews for Lone Star Book Blog Tours, I've fallen in love with Tui Snider's books about cemetery symbology and spooky Texas locations, but with this book, Santa Claus Bank Robbery, I got to see a side of her work that is slightly more narrative, though still non-fiction.
And I loved it.
Presented almost like a forensic analysis (though with a lot more warmth and humor), this book tells the true story of a 1920s bank robbery where one of the bandits dressed
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided I would really love this book from the very opening when the author talked about going to that delightful restaurant that serves family-style meals. She and her husband sat down next to a cowboy who passed them a bowl of fried chicken and told them that they had to try the fried squash, too. "It's grown fresh by the owners outback."

One can learn so much about a place by sitting down at a restaurant like that.

When first hearing about this book, I thought it was going to be a farce, or
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Around 9:30 p.m. a new, and much stronger, rope arrived. As Ratliff was hoisted into the air, his final words, “Forgive me, boys.””

Right off, I want to acknowledge that I admire author, Tui Snider for her research on her latest book, Santa Claus Bank Robbery, a True Crime Sage in Texas. I know how hard and challenging it is to research old newspaper files, courthouse records, and online sources to find long-forgotten history. I think it is accurate to say that Tui loves historical research as
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My two main takeaways from Santa Claus Bank Robbery are that Tui Snider is a very readable writer and she is a thorough researcher. This was my first read by this candid author, and I came away knowing that I’d like to read more of her work.

This book is nonfiction, which means it actually happened. Snider is not the first writer to tell this story, but I get the impression that her telling is the most accurate. No names were changed, and she was very good about disclosing her source material.

Jenn Belden
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Santa Claus Bank Robbery is a quick and easy read - a delightful take on what is really a true crime work of non-fiction. In the book, author Tui Snider takes an in-depth look at a bank robbery in Cisco, Texas in 1927. Her research is clearly detailed - the book abounds with images of newspaper reports and photographs that set the stage for the period as well as the event.

But what really makes this intriguing is Snider's voice. This is not a somber, dry look at the events of this robbery.
Linda McMurtray
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!

A very entertaining read. Sad moments along with happy ones. Well researched and written. Very Texas. Thank you Tui Snider!
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great book! Easy to read and I love the comments she makes.
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Featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours. Lone Star Blogger Team average rating: 4.7.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was looking for some new and different holiday reads to add to my collection. Tui Snider's Santa Claus Bank Robbery did not disappoint! I knew nothing about this event, but it looked interesting and it delivered. The story it fascinating. The "bad santa" element is a fun spin on things, even though the crime and its effects are nothing to laugh at. The story is fascinating and Tui's telling feels like sitting at a table with her, enjoying a hot mug of something to drink, and listening to a ...more
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