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"Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, the bright and willful Doris Payne dreamed big. Fascinated by the fine clothes, jewels, and lifestyles in magazines such as Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar, she imagined a world beyond herself, one in which she did not carry the weight of limitations that others imposed on her and where her beloved mother was free from her father's abuse. After the...
A sensational portrait of a rebel who defied society's prejudices and pinched her own version of the American Dream, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne relates the fascinating story of how a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated West Virginia became the world's most notorius jewel thief. A glamorous 81-year old, Doris Payne is unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels she's stolen over a 60-year career as she was the...
Examines the life of Walter Shaw, a telecommunications inventor who, prevented by corporate greed and government corruption from achieving success through obtaining the patents that he deserved, allowed himself to be exploited by the mafia, who had use for his inventions, and whose decline contributed to his son's turning to a life of crime as a jewel thief.
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