As much as we like to be assured that our money is sitting safely inside a bank vault, there’s something about the audacity of a bank heist that captures the imagination. Why else would there be so many successful films depicting them?

Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Mikhail KalininWikimedia Commons |

Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Mikhail Kalinin
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Spectators generally like to focus on superlatives: either the most massive robberies or the most fruitless ones. But the actual heist is only the beginning of the story. What happens afterward is just as important, which is why we rounded up some foreign bank robbers who were caught — or at least identified — but still managed to turn things around for themselves.

We’d like to say that all these criminal masterminds switched from being antagonists to protagonists, overcoming their thieving ways.

Life After the Heist

However, just as spectators like to focus on extremes, these criminals are a varied bunch, the likes of which can be hard to believe. One of the robbers in our slideshow snitched out was forced to live under police protection until the day he died. Many gained notoriety for their unique style of bank robbing, such as a Canadian robber that in total accumulated over $10 million in a span of speedy heists.

Most of these men had a cheeky flair they managed to retain long after their bank robbing days. For instance, one thief resourcefully distracted a judge in order to make a quick getaway out the window (whether he was caught or managed to escape to freedom you’ll just have to stick around to learn about). Interestingly enough, their crime-strewn days actually lead a good number of these thieves to lucrative writing careers, in which they would pen their former glory days.

Others left a larger-than-life legacy by their anonymity — many of these robbers were never seen or heard from again. Stick around to separate the boys from the men, and the good from the bad, and leave your own verdict in the comments below.

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    —And of course, Lenin and Trotsky,
    who BOTH hailed from low level gentry
    ——were entirely funded, groomed and directed
    by Wall Street and the City of London USURY

    ——while STALIN was ‘M’ powered by the Federal Reserve
    ————–and CAP-stone western corporations
    ——————-come of which were created
    ————————just for that role.

    • PaulB

      You saw Trotsky somewhere? Funny, because the caption says Kalinin.

      • tbenton62

        The caption was wrong, that is Trotsky there next to Lenin and Stalin.

        • Reader1

          …not Trotsky. I suppose in your fervor to reminisce about the “commies,” you may not ever have learned who Kalinin was. Don’t worry, he’s as notorious as Trotsky, if not as famous. But please, do inform yourself before spewing nonsense; you may make your point more effectively.

          • Mac-101

            “What difference does it make”. Paul was correct about Trotsky gittin 20 Million in gold and a chartered ship to take him and 200 Commies to kick off the Bolshevik Revolution departing from New York City financed by Jacob Schiff. The Rothschild boy in da USA who was instrumental in creatin the FED Reserve. He was also the Grandfather of the man who married Al Gore’s daughter. YA can’t make this stuff up! LOL!
            Banksters own both da Donkey and da RINOs and probably the “Controlled Opposition” also. Follow da money. No LOL!
            PS: I thought it was Trotsky also before readin the caption.

  • Diction is necessary

    I think you mean “audacity” on that first slide.

    • lauraliMBT

      Indeed…good catch!

  • AAA

    Only 7! there are at least a 100 or so more who seem to be living happily ever after on double the money – what they stole and the money we bailed them out with – and they didn’t even have to go on the run they are still sitting at their desks with Executive Officer titles.

  • prakashji

    How come India’s Edvige Antonia Albina Màino is not in the list!!!!! She even has a fake name ‘Sonia Gandhi’ and has syphoned billions out of the taxpayer’s money.

  • robertsgt40

    Wait ti the banks loot the depositors. These guys will pale.

  • Harold

    Why is this so spectacular, the fed . government is robbing the American people blind , while the crooks in the senate and congress get rich. Harry Truman had it correct when he said,” any one who gets into public office and gets rich is a crook.” Enough said.

  • Steve the workers advocate

    Vladimir Lenin is not a thief he was the leader of Soviet Union and a great man !

    • luxtexente

      he was a thief and a murderer. Great Man? The man had women, children, and men murdered by the millions. If huge numbers of dead people make you a great man then so be it.

    • Andrew Dany

      Andrew Dany; He also had hereditary syphilis of brain from which he died. On total rule of Communism made Russia from being one of the poorest in Europe to one of the poorest in the world. *** In 1972 I was in Moscow and working as a department chief with a Computer Centre. My salary was $1 a day (One: ha – ha – ha)…

  • patsaison

    The white collar robbers are savoring their loot, and it is all legalized through the mechanism of systemic corruption, and many of them live in Greenich, Darien and Westport. When they get overly greedy, some get slapped on the wrist, and on occasion the more unfortunate ones get jail time–but such are rare.
    The government higher ups, congresspersons and senators and those white collar robbers, particularly the Wall Street types, don’t have to physically rob a bank–that is so passe. Doing it legally is the new way.

  • KawiMan

    Yeah, they’re called CEO, CFO, COO, etc.

  • Andrew Dany

    Andrew Dany; These robbers were not only after the banks but after the country of Russia…

  • Jimmy Johnson

    reebs ar moigoneben es kleebi amati dedebs shevtesle