I Stole $16,000,000 by Herbert Emerson Wilson & Thomas P. Kelley
Herbert Emerson Wilson was a yegg-a peeler, a jinny artist, a safecracker - one of the best that ever lived. During his long criminal career he knocked over enough banks and businesses to amass huge fortunes, all of which he lost, just about as fast as he gained them. Now, for the first time, he tells his extraordinary story.
In this cautionary tale for those who consider the criminal life, Wilson refrains from preaching. Instead, he tells in a matter of fact voice, how he became one of American history's most notorious safecrackers.
"There is only one man with whom I have come in contact, whose criminal exploits could, according to the recorded facts, and without the wildest stretch of one's imagination, warrant being called a criminal mastermind.
H.E. Wilson, former ordained clergyman, war veteran, bank robber - mail bandit - safe-cracker - jail breaker, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his "stool-ing" partner is, without question, the outstanding criminal character in the world and, to me, he is the Master Rogue."
- Clearence R. Snethen, Winner of a Pulitzer Award.