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15 Minutes of Fame. Wanted Posters

November 14, 2009

The Brotherhood has always had its share of good publicity, but none were more stylish than the posters found in the Old West.

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New Wanted Posters lack the glamour.

The Brotherhood. Celebrity Edition

November 11, 2009

Sometimes even the famous fall to the ranks of the Brotherhood. Whether for shoplifting, joy riding, public drunkenness, lewd behavior, paparazzi assaults, or drinking and driving. Everyone visits the slammer someday.

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Larry King

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Al Pacino, aka “Scarface”

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David Bowie, auteur, idol, Ziggy Stardust

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Ezra Pound, Great American Poet

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Dennis Hopper, actor, writer, director, all around badass

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Johnny Cash, musician, father, husband, Man in Black. Supposedly shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

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Keith Richards,  Guitarist, Drug Fiend, Party Animal. Snorted father’s ashes.

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Steve Mcqueen, aka “The Man”,  All American, Actor, Outdoorsman, Ladies man, Trouble maker.

The Fuzz

November 9, 2009

The Fuzz have always been a plight to the Brotherhood, stifling our plans for world domination. Sending us to jail or prison. Burdening us with fines and community service.  They are The Man, and we have to stick it to The Man. Nevertheless, we have compiled a showcase of their most stylish badges.

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Get away, get away get away get away,get away,get away,get away

November 9, 2009

A  favorite at the Brotherhood, this single by The Clash was never released on any of their studio albums, but became extremely popular peaking at #12 in the U.K Singles Chart.  This song is proof that robbers never hurt nobody.

Tools of the Trade pt. IV, Back to Basics

November 3, 2009

Tools of the Trade can be expensive, they can be easily concealed, they can be bought at high-tech spy stores, Gun Shops, online, in Chinatown, everywhere and anywhere. But there is something to be said about keeping things simple, less is more right?  And More is money. So without further a due I Present the BASICS.

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Brass Knuckles, or knuckles, knucks, brass knucks, or my favorite, Knuckles dusters are weapons used in hand-to-hand combat, and can really pack a punch, literally. They result in deep tissue damage, broken bones/jaws and bloody hands.

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Found in most hardware stores, Home Depots and General Stores, the crowbar has somehow become the defining tool for Car Theft. Although used in many situation such as opening doors, gates, breaking windows, opening cheap safes and hitting people over the head, it has been linked to car theft the most. This is an essential tool in any thief’s arsenal. And can be easily replaced if forced to be left behind.

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Gloves need no introduction. A fingerprint in a hot crime scene can put you away for life. Always remember to glove up.

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A favorite among amateur thieves and a alley way local, the switchblade has for decades been a basic tool for any thief, pickpocket and hoodlum. Small enough to be concealed and sharp enough to intimidate.

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Some thieves can never stop stealing, and this tool is evidence of it. A popular instrument in jails and prisons the shiv is easily concealed and can be made from household, or “prisonhold” items.

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Last but definitely not least, we have my personal favorite the Baseball bat. A staple in every boys closet, locker or garage this wooden tool has been used by many. Thieves, mafiosos, gang-members and The Warriors . Used to break windows, bones and anything else you could possibly think of.

Where Thieves Go to Die: Folsom Prison

October 29, 2009

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Folsom Prison

Folsom Prison is California’s second oldest prison. Established in 1880 and known for its harsh treatment of prisoners during the California Gold Rush, Folsom began making a name for itself. Inmates would spend most of their time in the dark behind solid boiler plate doors in stone cells measuring 4 feet by 8 feet with a 6 inch eye slot. Air holes were drilled into the cell doors in the 1940s, and the cell doors are still used today.

Folsom is well known for the series of concerts Johnny Cash held at the facility, but it  was also the first prison in the world to have electrical power, and is the manufacturer of most Californian license Plates since the 1930’s.

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Folsom Prison houses  approximately 3,400 inmates, divided into different Unit. Unit 1 is the most populated cellblock in the United States holding 1,200 prisoners behind bars.

This prison has has many notoriuos and famous visitors. Here’s the list

Sonny Barger, Leader of Hell’s Angels

Suge Knight, founder and owner of Death Row Records

Rick James, Superfreak

Danny Trejo, Machete

-Timothy Leary, LSD advocate

Charles Manson, Cult figure, Musician

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Folsom Walls

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Inside Folsom

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Sam, the life size mannequin rocking Folsom issued couture in the Folsom Museum.

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Old Folsom Prison

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William Burke Revisits Folsom

 

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Old Death House

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Greystone Chapel

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Johnny Cash singing to inmates at Folsom during the epic concert given in the facility’s cafeteria in 1968.

 

 

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Cash singing “Cocaine Blues”

 

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Tools of the Trade pt. III

October 26, 2009

There is no school like the oldschool.

That has been said again and again throughout the years, and in honor of the oldschool, The Brotherhood has compiled a showcase of tools from the days of old. Times when trains carried money and cowboys carried Colts. Times when it took a minute to load your guns and you had to make each shot count. Times where there were no security cameras and no police cruisers. A time when being a thief was being free, and being free meant being rich and robbing trains.

Old School Guns

Old School flint lock guns, used in the 18th and 19th century. A favorite among pirates, smugglers, and gentlemen in feuds.

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The Apache Revolver opened

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The Apache Revolver is the Swiss Army knife of guns. Designed in the  early 1900’s by the french gang Les Apaches this weapon was easily concealed and  it is said that one bullet would always be left out of the chamber so as to not shoot yourself while it was in your pocket. Its range was very limited due to its lack of a barrel but it was an effective tool due to everything it could do, this weapon could shoot, cut and hit and could be easily folded up and placed in your pocket. Sheer Genius.

Colt 3rd model

Samuel Colt revolutionized weaponry when he introduced his first Colt, and popularized revolvers to unworldly standards. This handgun is the Colt 3rd Model, so the kinks had been worked out by the time it was released. It could be loaded easily and its range was  very effective. Nowadays Colts are still being made with little or no alteration to the original design. This gun was a favorite among thieves of the Old West.

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Straight edge

Commonly used to shave ones face, this Straight Razor was commonly used for criminal activity by those in dire circumstances. Sold over the counter and at discount prices this blade is the cheapest weapon one could buy back in the day.

Photo by A. Warhol

I Shot a Man in Reno

October 22, 2009

One of America’s greatest songs and Johnny Cash’s most famous song. This is another Anthem  of the Brotherhood as well as a sneak peak at next week’s “Where Thieves go to Die”.

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The Brotherhood pt. IV

October 20, 2009

Thieves are all around us, pickpockets, shoplifters, kleptomaniacs. Thieves of hearts, of ideas, of freedom.

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Pancho Villa and Emiliana Zapata.

This photo was taken after Villa and Zapata decided to invade Mexico City together in 1914, the interim present threw a banquet for them where this photo was taken. Villa joked that they would take turns sitting on the presidential throne but Zapata claimed that that chair would be burned to end with all ambitions.

Pablo

Herarlded by Forbes as the seventh richest man in the world (1989) Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was the most powerful druglord to ever live. He is responsible for the cocaine boom in the 1980’s. A man of great wealth and power, Pablo Escobar was both ruthless as he was charitable. He could murder a man for lying but could also build a school for a poor town within a week. He was The Man in Colombia, owning the city of Medellin, and owning the hearts of its citizens. Pablo Escobar was so rich that when sentenced to jail, he built his own prison. Pablo Escobar was gunned down on the rooftops of Medellin in 1993, he was 44 years old.

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Mao Zedong taking a swim with his cabinet. The infamous Chinese leader was a revolutionary, a poet, a political theorist and a thief of people’s freedom. His socio-political programs caused great distress in China during his leadership. His policies and political purges from 1949-1975 are widely believed to have caused the deaths of between 40 to 60 million people.

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The Spetznaz, the Special Forces of the Russian Army in training. The Brotherhood has embraced such training exercises such as axe-throwing-while-backflipping technique as seen in the photograph above.

Pioneers! O Pioneers! Walt Whitman

October 20, 2009

Pioneers! O Pioneers!

COME my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!
For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the seas?
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

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