Long On Guts, Short On Memory John Chapman wanted a reduced sentence, but…

Roy Gardner
Roy Gardner.

Roy Gardner was long on guts and short on memory.  He took $187,000 during a May 1921 robbery of a train just outside Sacramento.  The next morning, he held up a mail train not far from there.  But a clerk on the latter express identified him and Gardner was arrested.  He offered to lead officers to the loot in exchange for a lighter sentence, but the whole thing turned out to be a wild good chase.  Gardner then said, “I guess I have forgotten where I buried the money.” He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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