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By Greg Campbell, Scott Andrew Selby

On February 15, 2003, a bunch of thieves broke into an allegedly hermetic vault within the overseas diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million money worthy of diamonds and different valuables. They did so with out tripping an alarm or injuring a unmarried safeguard within the process.

Although the crime was once ideal, the getaway was once no longer. The police zeroed in on a band thieves fronted by way of Leonardo Notarbartolo, a dapper Italian who had rented an workplace within the Diamond middle and clandestinely cased its vault for over years.  The “who” of the crime were replied, however the “how” remained mostly a mystery.

Enter Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard legislations grad and diamond specialist, and Greg Campbell, writer of Blood Diamonds, who undertook a world goose chase to discover the genuine tale in the back of the bold heist. monitoring the threads of the tale all through Europe—from Belgium to Italy, in seedy cafés and modern diamond offices—the authors looked after via an array of conflicting information, divergent critiques and incongruous theories to place jointly the puzzle of what really occurred that Valentine’s Day weekend.

This real-life Ocean’s Eleven—a blend of diamond heritage, journalistic reportage, and riveting true-crime story—provides an exciting in-depth research detailing the better-than-fiction heist of the century.

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On February 15, 2003, a bunch of thieves broke into an allegedly hermetic vault within the overseas diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million funds worthy of diamonds and different valuables. They did so with out tripping an alarm or injuring a unmarried shield within the process.

Although the crime was once ideal, the getaway used to be now not. The police zeroed in on a band thieves fronted by way of Leonardo Notarbartolo, a dapper Italian who had rented an workplace within the Diamond heart and clandestinely cased its vault for over years.   The “who” of the crime have been responded, however the “how” remained mostly a mystery.

Enter Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard legislations grad and diamond professional, and Greg Campbell, writer of Blood Diamonds, who undertook an international goose chase to discover the genuine tale in the back of the bold heist. monitoring the threads of the tale all through Europe—from Belgium to Italy, in seedy cafés and glossy diamond offices—the authors taken care of via an array of conflicting info, divergent reviews and incongruous theories to place jointly the puzzle of what truly occurred that Valentine’s Day weekend.

This real-life Ocean’s Eleven—a blend of diamond historical past, journalistic reportage, and riveting true-crime story—provides an exciting in-depth research detailing the better-than-fiction heist of the century.

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By this time the two had reached the police station at the New Gate. The desk clerk asked if the stranger had his journeyman’s identity papers, and Weickmann replied that he did not. The cobbler then took the young man to another guard room where he respectfully removed his hat in front of a corporal and two other men. He showed his letter to the corporal, whereupon the desk clerk showed him the way to a door and told him to enter. Weickmann understood this to mean that the police would look after the stranger and therefore went on his way.

Apart from ‘I dunno’ all he could say was ‘wanna go ’ome where I were’ and ‘I wanna be a cavalryman, a sixer like my father were’. At the same time he was able to write a few single letters in addition to signing his name. Hiltel let Kaspar play with his two children, aged 11 and 3, and this gave him obvious pleasure. In 1834 Hiltel made a further statement in court about his charge. It is clear that he soon grew fond of the boy and would have kept him under his care had it not been for the fact that he had eight children of his own to look after.

Although Kaspar Hauser emerged into a largely secular world morality was still a serious issue. Was the foundling a sweet innocent, a holy fool, a Parsifal? Or was he by nature mendacious, spiteful and fraudulent? Were his shortcomings the result of a faulty socialization since his release from his prison cell, or were they due to an essentially evil character? Which was at fault – the individual or society? Kaspar Hauser was not only the object of fierce debates, onto whom such notions were projected, he was also the pawn in a political game of republicans against legitimists, of radicals against conservatives.

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