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Crime History: Rogue detective arrested in swindle of D.C. heiress

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On this day, May 5, in 1932, police in D.C. arrested Gaston B. Means, the so-called Conman of the Century, after he persuaded a wealthy Washington heiress to give him $100,000 to help track down Charles Lindbergh's kidnapped child. Means was a former FBI agent who worked both sides of the law. Means asked Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, the owner of the Hope Diamond, for $100,000 to...

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