A Barefoot Bandit and other bad guys we love anyway
Reports on the life of Harris-Moore portray him as an abused child who has lived on his own since he was 7 or 8. He apparently taught himself to fly airplanes by playing video games. His capture in the Bahamas rivals a James Bond movie – and may well be one soon.
Here's a list of other crooks who have gone down in history as daring rebels who stole not only money, but hearts and minds.
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves: While it's probably not a true story, the tale has been around since at least the 9th century and generations have cheered Ali Baba and the slave girl Morgiana as they robbed and murdered the 40 thieves in order to keep the gold from the thieves' cave.
Robin Hood: A legendary thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. A present-day British historian tracks down a reasonably credible historian named John Major writing in 1521 about an outlaw Robin Hood who was active in the 1190s, an outlaw by 1225, dead by 1247 and a legend by 1261.
Jesse James: He was famous for robbing banks and trains. His fans said he was a persecuted Confederate sympathizer who never robbed a "friend, a preacher a Southener or a widow."
Bonnie and Clyde:. Bonnie Parker won the school spelling bee and she loved Clyde Barrow. They were thieves with lousy luck but good aim and lots of friends. According to this account, 23 supporters were brought up on charges of harboring the couple in 1934 after retired Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and a posse of five other law enforcement officers pumped 167 rounds into the car Parker and Barrow were driving.
D.B. Cooper: They called him D.B. Cooper, but nobody knows his name. In 1971, he extorted $200,000 in $20 bills from Northwest Orient Airlines, strapped 21 pounds of the money to his body and jumped from the 727 he hijacked. He was ever seen again, but some people believe he's still alive, living the good life in Mexico.
Frank W. Abagnale Jr:. Abagnale's story of being the ultimate scammer was told in the popular 2002 film "Catch Me If You Can." After writing thousands of bad checks worldwide, he was imprisoned and a sympathetic FBI agent gave him an opportunity to join the bureau as a forgery expert. Now retired, he augments his income as an entertaining – and highly paid – speaker to corporate groups on ways to avoid fraud.