In February 1977, Tony Kiritsis wired a sawed-off shotgun to his mortgage broker’s neck and marched him through crowded downtown streets, starting a 63-hour standoff that captivated the city. Almost the entire spectacle was broadcast on live television. Here, an oral history of one of Indy’s most famous crimes.
Tim Durham took us for a ride. Ahead of a January 2008 profile, he invited us to stay on his yacht (now for sale), admire his cars (repossessed), and lounge at his house (foreclosed). All the while, prosecutors say, he ran a $200 million Ponzi scheme.
From an Evansville strip mall, Bernard von NotHaus ran the most successful alternative currency in the country. Then the FBI raided his headquarters, arrested him, and seized eight tons of gold and silver backing the notes. But even as he awaits sentencing, the $65 million question remains: Was it really counterfeiting?