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They were "Bonnie and Clyde" before Bonnie and Clyde was a thing.
We talk with prolific author Glenn Stout about his new book, "Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid: America's Original Gangster Couple. Richard and Margaret Whittemore came of age as jazz was taking over America, and they set themselves on taking diamonds. Stout explains how pop culture of the Roaring 20s created the Whittmore's organized crime ring, and how the young lovers then became part of that very culture. His beautiful and fast-paced book describes how Richard became infatuated with crime, and how Margaret became infatuated not only with pulling off a heist, but with the life of having lots of money. They leave behind mayhem, death and plenty of newspaper clippings. In doing so, they created a new genre of Hollywood character: the young lovers who love life on the edge, and each other.
The life of crime doesn't end particularly well for Richard, but Stout's book shows how an imprint can last for generations.
Glenn Stout can be found on Twitter at twitter.com/glennstout
His website is glennstout.com
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