The Brinks robbery, an infamous 1950 heist in Boston’s North End, captivated the nation and baffled the FBI. It was the largest robbery in American history up to that time.
- WCVB has photos from the Brinks crime scene and investigation
- A summary of the case from the FBI.
- A WGBH interview focusing on the role of “Specs” O’Keefe.
- As promised, The Great Muppet Caper, which Nikki feels is related.
- Below, more diagrams of how the crime unfolded.
This Week in Boston History
- October 16, 1774: Abigail Adams worries about the war she feels is now inevitable.
- October 17, 1860: The Prince of Wales visits Boston. (An embarrassing poem written for the occasion.)
- October 18, 1773: Formerly enslaved poet Phillis Wheatley writes to a friend that she has been freed.
- October 19, 1741: The Independent Corps of Cadets is organized in Boston. Hear more in our episode about the Corps.
- October 20, 1908: The Charles River Dam is closed, see a photo of the ceremony.
- October 21, 1835: “Respectable gentlemen” riot in favor of slavery and attack William Lloyd Garrison.
- October 22, 1881: The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs for the first time.