Crime-Related Quotations

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 30 03:21:03 UTC 2013

I don't like Mondays
  I haven't explored this quote which achieved greater prominence when it
was used as the title of a song by the "Boomtown Rats" (headed by Bob
Geldof). Barbara Mikkelson of Snopes has an analysis, but her earliest cite
is 2001, so further analysis may be appropriate.

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at>wrote:

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> In a 1977 letter to police, David Berkowitz wrote, "I am the 'Son of
> Sam.'"=
>   Later, when he was apprehended, he said, "Well, you got me. How come it
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> ook you such a long time?"
> It occurs to me that one class of famous quotations that may be missed by
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> uotation dictionaries are written or oral statements by famous criminals
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>  direct connection with their crimes, such as in ransom letters, letters
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>  police, letters to newspapers, messages left at the scene of a crime,
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> rks made in the course of committing a crime, remarks while being arrested
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> or arraigned, testimony during a trial, letters written while in prison,
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> st words before an execution, etc.  I would welcome suggestions of such
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> minal quotations that may not be picked up by quotation dictionaries.
> Fred Shapiro<
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