The 20 Most Secretly Brilliant Stupid Criminals

09/01/2011 09:21 am ET | Updated Nov 01, 2011
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June, 1995. Four masked men burst into a Berlin bank with pistols and shotguns, and took 16 hostages. A half an hour later, they sent one hostage out with a typewritten note: They wanted a getaway car, a helicopter and 17 million Deutsche Marks (about $12.2 million in 1995 dollars). After negotiations, 5 million marks were delivered at 9:30 p.m. as a down payment. Then? Nothing.

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