Why Crime Does Not Pay Audiobook, by Sophie Lyons Play Audiobook Sample

Why Crime Does Not Pay Audiobook

Why Crime Does Not Pay Audiobook, by Sophie Lyons Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Abby Elvidge Publisher: Spoken Realms Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781094108865

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41:52 minutes

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14 seconds

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24:21 minutes

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Sophie Lyons was a “thief from the cradle,” as one chief of police said; at the early age of six she had already been trained by her stepmother to be a pickpocket and a shoplifter. A beautiful child with engaging manners, she was sent out every day into the stores and among the crowds of shoppers, and was soundly whipped if she came out of a shop with less than three pocketbooks. “I did not know it was wrong to steal; nobody ever taught me that,” Sophie Lyons writes. “What I was told was wrong and what I was punished for was when I came home with only one pocketbook instead of many.”

As the child grew into womanhood she was conspicuously beautiful, and soon became known as “Pretty Sophie.” Then romance entered her life and she married Ned Lyons, the famous bank burglar. Her husband was a member of the great gang of expert safe-blowers who were the terror of the police and the big banks of some years ago.

For twenty-five years Sophie Lyons was the “Queen of the Bank Burglars,” the active leader of many expeditions in various parts of the world, and with her were associated about all of the great criminals of Europe and America. It has been said that she has been arrested in nearly every large city in America, and in every country in Europe except Turkey. She has served sentences in several prisons, and, on one occasion, her husband, Ned Lyons, was in Sing Sing while she herself was confined in the women’s wing of the prison across the road. Ned Lyons managed to make his escape and very soon drove up to the women’s prison and effected the escape of his wife, Sophie Lyons.

The actual happenings in her career have been more extraordinary than the imagination of any novelist has dreamed; more surprising than any scene on the stage.

Yet nearly every one of those whose exploits she has recounted here is now an outcast, has served a good share of life in prison, is in poverty, or has died poor. Surely, as she has asserted again and again—and hopes to abundantly prove—CRIME DOES NOT PAY.

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About Sophie Lyons

Sophie Lyons (1848–1924) was an American criminal and one of the country’s most notorious female thieves, pickpockets, shoplifters, and confidence women during the mid-to-late 19th century.

About Abby Elvidge

Abby Elvidge grew up in Normal, Illinois and studied theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. While in Chicago she played Carter in Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein, Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Cassandra in Euripides’ The Trojan Women, and Lydie in the original production of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze. After several years of working as a paleobotanist at The Desert Research Institute, she returned to the field of acting as a voiceover artist, specializing in character work for games and animation, and developing an intense passion for audiobook narration.