posted on Oct, 17 2009 @ 12:06 PM
This is your man. If you dream about him more often on Friday nights it's because he's now working posthumously for the FDIC and assists with the
weekly bank takeovers now involving over 3500 bank branches since Summer, 2008.
William "Willie" Sutton (June 30, 1901 - November 2, 1980) was a prolific U.S. bank robber. For his talent at executing robberies in disguises, he
gained two nicknames, "Willie the Actor" and "Slick Willie."
It is estimated that Willie Sutton stole perhaps $2 million in his career, and spent more than half his adult life in prison. Once released from
incarceration, he spoke about prison reform and consulted with banks on anti-robbery techniques. In an ironic display of pure audacity, he made a
television commercial for New Britain Bank and Trust Co. in Connecticut for their credit card with picture ID on it. His lines were, "They call it
the 'face card.' Now when I say I'm Willie Sutton, people believe me."
Sutton is famously (and probably falsely) known for answering a reporter, Mitch Ohnstad, who asked why he robbed banks by saying, "because that's
where the money is." The quote formed the basis of Sutton's law, often taught to medical students.