Friday, February 8, 2008


In 1974, there was a 25 million dollar robbery of a vault used to store large sums of money in transit for an armored truck business, at the time a division called Purolator. The money was supposedly recovered by the then U.S. Attorney in Chicago, James "Big Jim" Thompson. For him, FBI agents carried the recovered loot in the trunk of their cars but somehow reportedly "neglected" to count how many bags of cash there were or to mark the bags with identifying markings.
Guess who did the counting? Why, a reputed gangster-linked enterprise called Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, politically and criminally tied to Big Jim and his cohorts in the federal bureaucracy. They counted and counted and counted, and said they find only two million dollars. Really? The rest went apparently to further the political ambitions of Big Jim who was elected Illinois Governor in 1976 and stayed there for 14 years.
Although Thompson was a close pal of the Rockefeller family, he had to supply a lot of "his own money" for political campaigns.
An accused vault guard in custody kept saying the money was twenty five million dollars and was grabbed by Nixon's pals, a left over detail of the Watergate Affair. In jail, the guard was pumped full of forget-me drugs to silence him. An apprehended reputed minor gangster hired private investigators to help with his court defense. As shown by the voluminous, undisputed federal court records, the gumshoes unraveled vast FBI criminal enterprises, including stolen farm and construction equipment taken across state lines, and converted by crooked FBI officials in Chicago for re-sale for their own financial benefit. A top FBI inspector in Chicago, who apparently helped Thompson divide up the recovered Purolator vault loot, was quietly allowed to escape prosecution and take an early retirement.