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TELL YOUR TRUE TALE: Wasn’t About the Money

A new story up this week on my storytelling page, Tell Your True Tale, is by convicted bank robber Jeffrey Scott Hunter.

Check out Wasn’t About the Money — Jeff’s story of the time he knew his bank robbing was getting out of hand.

Happy to read any story you might want to submit.

And please share it on any social media you might use….

Many thanks,



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LOS ANGELES: A Bank Robbery in a Quiet Place

Simon Guillen has been on Atlantic Boulevard in East L.A. for 36 years, he tells me.

He’s in real estate, been a notary, a photographer, is a pastor, and a month ago just opened a wedding chapel. He’s a flexible guy “out of necessity,” he says.

I met Guillen, a native of Peru, across the street from the robbery of the Bank of America on Atlantic Boulevard in East L.A. this morning.

“East L.A. is a quiet place,” he says. Years ago, it was known for gangs, but that was years ago, which Guillen remembers well and is not sad to see gone.

The area is one of those benefited enormously by the regional collapse in gang activity in Southern California. I say activity, because there still is gang violence in some areas, though it, too, is far less than even a decade, much less two decades, ago.

But the gang activity of daily hanging out, graffiti, commandeering crash pads from empty houses, dominating street corners or parks — what used to cause such grinding blight and feelings of powerlessness among residents — all that has dropped off to almost nothing.

Go to almost any once-notorious neighborhood and the story is the same.

It’s one of the great tales of Southern California — gang culture was one of the region’s great exports, after all — and you can see it pretty clearly in East L.A. Gangs still exist, but they’ve largely taken it indoors.

All this amounts to massive a tax cut for those neighborhoods (poor and working class) where gangs and their activity were such banes.

No longer do families have to worry about their garages being graffitied, or their property values being whacked because they’re down the street from a market a gang took a liking to.

“You people need to come here and write about this,” Guillen says.


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TELL YOUR TRUE TALE: Huffington Post

The Huffington Post has re-posted one of the stories that I put up earlier this year on my storytelling site, Tell Your True Tale.

It’s by convicted bank robber, Jeffrey Scott Hunter. My First Bank Robbery is the title of the tale.

You can see more cool stories at Tell Your True Tale.

Read ’em, share ’em, send in one of your own. I’m always looking for good stories.




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