Top 5 Notorious Female Bank Robbers

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For some reason, being fascinated with bank robbers is almost as American as apple pie. Hollywood loves them, for sure. Who can forget the opening scene of “The Dark Knight,” the 2008 Batman movie that began with an extraordinary bank heist? Bank robberies are exciting, scary and just so wrong. Yet, you have to be clever and cunning to rob a bank successfully. And what could be more interesting than a female bank robber? What sort of woman would carry out such a macho endeavor?
Top 5 Notorious Female Bank Robbers

2Patty Hearst

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Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, was a 19-year-old heiress in 1974 when a terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army, kidnapped her to draw attention to their anti-capitalist views. The group brainwashed Hearst to make her the poster child for the revolution they planned to wage against the U.S. government. One way to show her allegiance to the SLA’s cause was to help them rob a bank, which it appeared that Hearst willingly did with fervor. Though Hearst only took part in the bank robbery because she was brainwashed, a jury sentenced her to seven years in jail. President Jimmy Carter pardoned her after two years. And the SLA? All killed or arrested.

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