Jerry Kuntz’s new book The Writing Master: The Story of the Gentleman-Thief and Forger, James B. Crosse (Wickham House, 2019) reveals, for the first time, the career of a nineteenth-century criminal mastermind, James B. Crosse.
New research shows Crosse committed many crimes under undetected aliases, including store break-ins, bank robberies, Wall Street stock forgeries, counterfeiting conspiracies, and more. His career revolved around a female blackmailer who matched his capacity for deceit and cunning, Jane Fleming. For several years, his accomplice was a mixed-race slave, Bob Burwell, whom some observers believed to be craftier than Crosse himself. [Read more…] about Writing Master: The Notorious Thief and Forger James Crosse