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The criminal life of ‘One-Legged’ Billy

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Three Amsterdam men led by “One-Legged” Billy Wilczopolski burglarized a Ballston Spa drugstore in 1931. William Wilczopolski lost his leg and gained his nickname when he was drawn under railroad cars while hopping a freight when he was 6 years old, according to a newspaper account. He was arrested in Schenectady in 1920 at age 13 for stealing $30 in cash and a note for $1,000 which he allegedly took from his mother. In 1929 ...

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