[LMB] Criminals OT:

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sat Aug 10 02:23:00 BST 2019


On Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:32:18 +0300, Mervi Hämäläinen
<mhamalainenenator at gmail.com> wrote:

>> From: "James M. BRYANT G4CLF" <james at jbryant.eu>
>>
>> Little Egret observes that:-
>>
>>  > There are burglars who specialise in targeting criminals.
>>
>> Since this is a literary list he might mention Robin Hood
>> and Simon Templar, and, up to a point, Raffles and Modesty
>> Blaise. Any other suggestions?
>>
>
>This is one of my favorite tropes (love Modesty!) so thanks very much for
>mentioning Raffles. I've downloaded the first short story collection.
>
>I can't seem to remember many such characters, at least as main characters.
>The most obvious one is the Hustle TV-show where a group of con men often
>steal from outright criminals.
>
>Also "the Heist" by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg where one of the two
>main characters is a con man and the other an FBI agent who together catch
>bigger criminals. It's the first book in a series.
>
>Oceans eleven came to mind but I don't think Terry Benedict was actually a
>criminal? Even though he acted like a some sort of mob boss.

He was certainly portrayed like a "made man".
>
>Also, it depends on how you define "criminal". If we go with vigilante,
>then any super heroes who are former criminals might qualify. :) At least
>the X-Man Gambit seems to be still the head of New Orleans' thieves guild.
>The Black Cat sometimes steals from criminals. On DC's side we got Catwoman
>who also sometimes steals from the criminals, although by no means
>exclusively.

As a matter of law, surely *any* vigilante is a criminal, in that they
have no lawful basis for taking action, unless they limit themselves to
citizen's arrest.
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only able to recognize in hindsight: don't screw over your
customers.


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