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entury, Barbara Erni, from as one of the most prolific thieves in n ingenious ruse to get her fortune. couple, Barbara learned to graft from a p with a scam where she would dress as a up at inns and hotels with a large suitcase. rs that it contained expensive treasures and om in the hotel overnight. contained a dwarf or small man, who would and steal the finest objects from the room. running away with Barbara and the loot.
The duo got away with their trick 16 times before she was caught in December 1784. Barbara was found guilty and sentenced to death by beheading. She was the last person in Liechtenstein to be executed on the death penalty, but her accomplice was never found. e – but only convicted a orities claim she’s had different dates of birth. ere’s never been a day I did not get what I any regrets about ret getting caught.” to give up her life as an guilty to the rather less aling £70 worth of store. This shoplifting girl gang was run by the aptly named Alice Diamond, born to a convict father in Elephant and Castle, South London.
In the early 1900s, she became the leader of a group of thieves who would steal from luxury department stores and use their wiles to get into exclusive hotels. Posing as posh, they conned their way into jobs in rich households – using fake references and names – in a bid to steal valuables and clothes.
They were caught and jailed repeatedly but thought it was worth it to avoid poverty. Alice died in 1952, aged 55, of multiple sclerosis.
HEISTY LADIES From left, Bullock, Paulson, Rihanna, Blanchett and Awkwafina in film Ocean’s 8 SCAMS Young Payne HOME TURF Elephant and Castle THIEVING Alice Diamond Savvy Rachel Lee loved two things – celebrities and jewels – thus the infamous Bling...