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Long before the internet came along, newspapers, TV networks and radio stations were the means by which a story went viral. Indeed, you didn’t need social media to get everyone talking about a specific event. And that’s especially true when said event was the biggest crime of the year. From serial murders to mysterious disappearances, these are the eye-opening tales on everyone’s lips the year you were born.

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1960 – Nussbaum and Wilcoxson’s first bank robbery

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When Bobby Wilcoxson and Albert Nussbaum arrived on the scene in 1960, the “golden age” of bank robberies was long over. But this brains-and-brawn duo still inked their names alongside “Baby Face” Nelson and John Dillinger, as they proceeded to rob eight banks in two years. They eventually parted acrimoniously, leading Nussbaum to contact his estranged wife. With some reluctance, she turned him over to the FBI, and authorities soon caught up with both parties. They were handed life sentences in 1964.

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