I rob banks because that's where the money is (Willie Sutton January 20, 1951)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Feb 7 20:31:27 UTC 2013

On Feb 7, 2013, at 3:08 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:

> A WSJ reporter asked me about the saying attributed to the famous bank
> robber Willie Sutton. The attribution of the statement is
> controversial because Sutton writing in his 1976 biography denied that
> he made the well-known remark.
> The ADS list archive has a relevant cite dated March 9, 1952. The
> words were not attributed to Sutton.

Maybe what he said what "I hit 'em where they ain't" and it was Wee Willie Keeler who said "I steal bases because that's where the money is."


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