Willie Sutton, one of the most famous bank robbers of the twentieth century, was the subject of numerous books, a TV drama, and at least one song. He was also a favorite of newspaper reporters, who could count on him for the kind of quote that makes a headline bounce.
Sutton had spent most of his adult life in prison. Though he escaped more than once, his short bursts of freedom always ended with an arrest for bank robbery. In an attempt to learn why he continued along such a futile course, one reporter asked, “Willie, why do you keep robbing banks?”
“Because,” Sutton said smoothly, “that’s where the money is.”