Interview with African-American Jewel Thief Doris Payne

At Daily Beast, Goldie Taylor interviews Doris Payne, an 85 year-old African-American international jewel thief. “Posing as a well-moneyed customer with long dollars to spend, Payne learned to simply make them all forget. An insurance payout, an inheritance. She wooed her victims with detailed backstories. Often, it would be hours before a store realized what she’d done and, by then, Payne had disappeared in broad daylight. She’d hop in a cab, a bus, or subway train and vanish into thin air.”

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  1. Oh, man, there are some many great stories that need to be told. I want to see the Chester Himes story inspired by this. I want a biopic.


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