Crimes of the Century: Do you know the score?

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Crime stories in the news always catch our attention. But some crimes -- such as these crimes of the century -- tend to leave a lasting impression and can shake us to the core. Can you guess what the crimes of this century are?

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Question 1 of 20

Which famous artist was questioned by police after the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa?

Henri Matisse
Pablo Picasso
Edward Hopper
Thomas Kinkade

... Pablo Picasso came under suspicion, but police determined he had nothing to do with the theft.

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Question 2 of 20

Which famous British bank at the corner of Baker Street and Marylebone was robbed in 1971?

Lloyd's of London
Barclays
Royal Bank of Scotland
Bank of England

... Thieves tunneled under into Lloyd's of London from a neighboring storefront and got away with millions.

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Question 3 of 20

Who operated one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history while managing a Wall Street investment firm?

Ken Starr
Henry F. Potter
Gordon Gekko
Bernie Madoff

... Analysts estimate that Madoff schemed investors out of as much as $50 billion over a 40-year period.

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Question 4 of 20

Where did Leonardo da Vinci paint the Mona Lisa, his most famous work?

France
Italy
Spain
England

... Though he was Italian by birth, da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in France.

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Question 5 of 20

Who hijacked a Portland to Seattle plane in 1971, then mysteriously disappeared?

Bradley Cooper
D.B. (or Dan) Cooper
Special Agent Dale Cooper
Alice Cooper

... A reporter mistakenly listed hijacker Dan Cooper's name as D.B. Cooper, and many people still refer to him that way.

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Question 6 of 20

Which country refused to extradite escaped train robber Ronnie Biggs?

Mexico
Brazil
Monaco
Belgium

... Biggs lived a comfortable life in Brazil until he voluntarily returned to England to finish his sentence decades after his escape.

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Question 7 of 20

Which airline suffered a $5 million robbery at JFK airport in 1978?

Lufthansa
Aeroflot
Qantas
El-Al

... The Lufthansa Heist took less than an hour and involved dozens of known criminals.

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Question 8 of 20

What movie linked the Baker Street bank robbery to a royal scandal?

The Silent Partner
Baker Street Irregulars
Set It Off
The Bank Job

... The movie implied the government was protecting Princess Margaret from the release of questionable photos stolen from the vaults.

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Question 9 of 20

Which crime family was invited to assist the Lucchese family with a major robbery in 1978?

the Capones
the Gambinos
the Giancanas
the Sopranos

... The Luccheses asked the Gambinos for help to avoid a turf war.

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Question 10 of 20

After the tragic death of his first son, how many more children did Charles Lindbergh father?

none
12
3
8

... Lindbergh soon had 5 more children with his wife, then 7 with his 3 European mistresses.

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Question 11 of 20

Which popular fiction writer spent $4 million investigating Jack the Ripper?

Dan Brown
Patricia Cornwell
Agatha Christie
Stieg Larsson

... Though Cornwell named Walter Sickert as the killer, Sickert is not one of the 4 candidates on the London Metro Police's list of suspects.

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Question 12 of 20

What misdemeanor crime led police to the Antwerp diamond thieves in 2003?

littering
speeding
jaywalking
shoplifting

... Police found critical evidence after responding to a complaint over littering.

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Question 13 of 20

Which of the following helped police solve the Lufthansa Heist?

an informant
fingerprints
DNA at the crime scene
bad parking job

... The gang's getaway driver was in a hurry to get home, parked the van illegally, and it was quickly spotted by police.

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Question 14 of 20

What year did whistleblowers first report Bernie Madoff to the SEC?

2008
1970
1998
1990

... The FBI didn't close in until 2008, but analysts started questioning Madoff's returns a decade earlier.

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Question 15 of 20

What popular Halloween mask did some of the robbers wear during the robbery at Brinks Headquarters?

Superman
Captain Marvel
The Incredible Hulk
Howdy Doody

... Captain Marvel has powers of Greek gods and the wisdom of Solomon, but his mask didn't help these thieves avoid doing time.

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Question 16 of 20

Where should treasure seekers hunt for the lost loot from the Brinks Security robbery?

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Boston, Massachusetts
Sandusky, Ohio

... Most of the $3 million that was stolen has never been found, and rumors suggest it's hidden somewhere in the hills of Minnesota.

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Question 17 of 20

How many paintings were stolen during the 1990 heist at the Gardner Museum in Boston?

13
3
10
30

... The 13 works were cut from their frames, and the frames remain hanging to this day.

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Question 18 of 20

How much cash did Dan Cooper take with him when he jumped off a plane over the Oregon woods?

$1 million
$10 million
$20,000
$200,000

... The airline handed over $200,000 to meet Cooper's ransom demands, and no airline staff were injured.

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Question 19 of 20

What city serves as the world center for diamond dealers?

London
New York
Brussels
Antwerp

... More than 80 percent of the world's diamond eventually pass through Antwerp's Diamond District.

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Question 20 of 20

Which organized crime group is credited with one of the world's largest diamond heists in 2003?

The Gambino Family
School of Turin
Lucchese Family
A Flock of Seagulls

... The School of Turin took several years to study the area and hand-pick the most skilled criminals to crack the vault.

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