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America's Dumbest Criminals: Wild and Weird Stories of Fumbling Felons, Clumsy Crooks, and Ridiculous Robbers Paperback – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558533729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558533721
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the hit syndicated television show come 200 stories of fumbling felons, clumsy crooks, and ridiculous robbers?all the crimes are true, but the names have been changed to protect the stupid! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The stories are not that funny.
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If you have not yet read this book, pick up a copy because it is well worth it!
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Stories are short and will get you laughing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Loren w Christensen VINE VOICE on December 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Any reader who says these tales are exaggerated or just war stories, obviously has never worked as a police officer.
There are a lot of dumb crooks out there, so many and so dumb that officers can't always feel proud of their easy arrests. What's amazing is that some of these dummies have survived in this world as long as they have.
While you will laugh out loud at the stories in this book, know that there are thousands of other dumb acts by criminals that could have been included and thousands more that have occurred since this book was written.
And while you laugh, keep the sobering thought in mind that many of these dumb crooks are dangerous.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Allan K on March 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
Although many of the stories in this book are kinda funny, sometimes it reads too much like stories told by cops over beers. In one story (`The considerate criminal', p. 28), a guy goes to turn himself in, a busy and flustered officer tells him to go elsewhere or `come back at six', and the guy comes back at six! ha? How stupid to continue being cooperative when you originally plan to be cooperative! (?!) I didn't feel the authors were selective enough in picking the stories to include. This would have been less annoying if they didn't keep emphasizing the `dumb' aspect in their writeups. In many of the stories, if you didn't a priori believe the criminal stupid, you wouldn't decide so on the basis of the story. Certain story titles or/and author comments seemed `catty' rather than witty. Overall, given the potential of the concept, I found this book somewhat disappointing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on March 30, 2006
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Perhaps the problem is in the presentation. Stories like these are better told by a witty reporter than printed in a book. While many of the stories were entertaining, I felt like many of them fell flat. Some of the stories were mere coincidences that lacked humor. Others just did not seem to fit under the title of the book. An undercover cop suckering a drug dealer is only amusing so many times.

I did gain some enjoyment from this book. Because many of the stories are based in the Chicago area, the proximity made that stories more relevant to me. Aside from these stories, I could have lived without this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Hofmayer on April 7, 2003
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The title is promising and the concept is good for some laughs as we struggle to comprehend the mind of the not-so-crafty criminal. However, the same story with different variations repeated 100 times is about 84 times too many. Probably younger kids will have the unique attention span to find all of these funny but juveniles and older will find reading the whole book a bore. The writing style is also QUITE elementary. However, if you just want to veg out and not use any brain matter, this is perfect uninvolved reading for a lazy afternoon with Cheez-its (not necessarily a brand recommendation) and T.V.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
America's Dumbest Criminals is a really funny book about people who commit crimes and do really stupid things to get out of their crimes. My favorite part was about a man who was convicted of robbing vending machines, he pleaded innocent, and posted bail entirely in quarters. I also like the "Shortest Case" the Judge asked how do you plea? the man stood up and said can I explain why I stole car?I would recommead this book to any one who finds others mishaps funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 2, 2006
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Americas dumbest criminals is full of stupid laughter!It has a bunch of little stories put together in one book!One of my favorite ones is about a guy that goes into a bank and tries to rob it but the bank calls the police and the guy starts running away from the police but they still caught him because he was robbing the bank at night and he was wearing light up shoes so the police could see him running!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bonobus on September 29, 2005
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I never cease to be amazed by how stupid some people can be. These stories literally had me laughing so hard that I dropped the book on the floor. I've read several different collections about dumb criminals but this one is by far the best. This book had me cracking up. If you have not yet read this book, pick up a copy because it is well worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette on August 19, 2008
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AMERICAN'S DUMBEST CRIMINALS. . . is laugh aloud funny! It's a great book to pick up when you have only a short time to read! It was the perfect gift for my husband's birthday; good for me, too, as I read it over his shoulder.
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