Sunday, May 17, 2009

America's Dumbest Criminals by Daniel R Butler

This is a sequel to the original book of the same title. The collection features 100 true but stupid attempts (and humorous) attempts at crime.Wild and weird stories of fumbling felons,clumsy crooks,and ridiculous robbers.

So I needed some light hearted reading for a change and included this book by Daniel R Butler in my last order.This book was such a wonderful change and I laughed out loud a few times.I would love to mention all of the 100 stories but I will choose just a few just so you have an idea of how funny America's Dumbest Criminals are.

There was the woman who invalidated her winning $5000 lottery ticket by altering it to match the $20 winning prize number.
The accused vending machine thief who paid hos $400 bail in quarters
The streaking robber who thought clothes would make him more identifiable
The convenience store thief who got away with just a hotdog,and then choked on it in the parking lot

The accused thief who was taken back to the scene of the crime and was given instructions that when they got to the lady who had been robbed he was to get out of the car so that the identification could take place.They arrived at the lady who had reported the theft,the accused thief got out of the car as he was instructed,approached the lady and said"Yes Officers this is the lady I robbed."

And much much more of the funniest stuff.I cannot totally ruin it for you so I will stop here.
My only problem with this book is that it was not long enough,that it was not about 1000 crazy stories of America's Dumbest Criminals.

I enjoyed the introduction where the writers tell of their need to introduce the public to the dumb criminals instead of them being glorified.The stories are told by police officers of their own experiences and they each seem to have a favorite dumb criminal.

If you would like to find out more.You know the drill.South African readers go to Kalahari Books and everyone who wants to see more reviews go to the Amazon link below
America's Dumbest Criminals: Wild and Weird Stories of Fumbling Felons, Clumsy Crooks, and Ridiculous Robbers

And here is some more information on this book if you want to get it from somewhere else.

Country: United States of America
Format: Softcover
Illustrator: Mike Harris
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781558533721
Publication date: October 1995
Pages: 238
Illustrations: Illustrated
Readership: General

I read this in May 2009 (yesterday) and all I need to do now is find the one that came before this sequel.


  1. We from time to time see tv shows like this book. It is so funny to watch the dumb things that they do when trying to rob a store or take something.

  2. Hi Jenny
    Please let me know which blog you are shutting down and which one is staying so I can keep in touch.I totally understand about family first.Good luck with the little boy.

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