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The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
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Mar 18, 2011

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The Firefly Brothers top Americas Most Wanted, at the height of the Depression, idolized by millions of the most hopeless and demonized by J Edgar Hoover and crew. Until they are betrayed and killed in an abandoned farmhouse. Or are they? News of their death doesnt stop the reports of more bank robberies by the pair, and more claims by local police departments of their demise. Who is right? This book is about the myths and adoration of the most famous bank robbers (Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger etc) during a time of massive bank closures and property foreclosures, when the banks could legitimately be looked upon as the enemy. How much are we willing to believe and how much can we overlook to canonize people who are certainly robbers and usually murderers? Speakeasies, fedoras, bootleggers and gun molls are abundant, as are the homeless, the starving and the unemployed masses.

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