The Bonded Vault Heist
August 14, 1975. A ragtag crew of crooks holds up a fur company. But it’s not just a fur company. It’s the Patriarca crime family’s secret bank. And now, the thieves not only have to run from the law—they have to run for their lives.
LISTEN TO CHAPTER FOUR
An excerpt from "The Last Good Heist"
Cranston Street is still quiet. Deuce tries to roll the tension out of his shoulders. He rocks his head from side to side, like a boxer loosening up. From behind blue-tinted sunglasses, he surveys the street then walks straight toward the Bonded Vault. He's wearing a light-gray suit and carrying a leather valise under his right arm, tightly, because the revolver Chucky gave him is inside. Deuce doesn't look threatening, just intent, all business; but as he walks toward the building, he is nervous, his mind racing, running through everything that has brought him to this, the unlikeliest of places, looking to score big. He's thinking that maybe, just maybe, this is the job, the one every crook longs for but never gets. His mind races. What if...? What if, when all is said and done, he has been born just for this one gig and it turns out to be gigantic? Why not dream a little?
A voice-over recreation of Joe Danese's phone call from jail with reporter Tim White. Danese, one of the Bonded Vault robbers, flew to Las Vegas with Chucky Flynn to make sure Chucky killed Robert Dussault. Original audio courtesy of Tim White. Recreation by Pete Sloane.
Left to right: trial transcripts of lead prosecutor Al DeRobbio's examination of his witness, Robert Dussault. The "Q" is DeRobbio and the "A" is Dussault. The transcripts reveal why Dussault decided to turn himself in to the police and name the other robbers.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
CLICk to READ ARTICLES FROM ThE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL about the bonded vault heist AND trial
Crimetown is Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. It is produced by Drew Nelles, Austin Mitchell and Mike Plunkett, with additional production by Laura Sim. It is edited by Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney. Fact-checking by Mick Rouse. This episode of Crimetown was mixed and scored by Matthew Boll. Sound design by Ted Robinson at Silver Sound. Our title track is “Run To Your Mama” by Goat. This episode’s credit song is “Why” by Nick Gillette, courtesy of Jack Fleischer. Original music by John Kusiak, Jon Ivans, Edwin and Bienart. Our ad music is by Matthew Boll. Additional mixing by Enoch Kim and Martin Peralta. Additional sound design by Julienne Guffain. Our digital editor is Kate Parkinson-Morgan.
Casting for this episode by Shelly Shenoy. Pete Sloane recreated the phone call with Joe Danese. Our design director is Ale Lariu. Archival research by Brennan Rees. This season of Crimetown is dedicated to the memory of Zachary Malinowski. Special thanks to Tim White at WPRI. Check out the book he co-authored with Randall Richards and Wayne Worcester, called The Last Good Heist. Thanks to the Providence Journal, Lisa Newby, WPRI, Andy Chmelko, Adam Griffin, Jeff Riberdy, Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Dan Barry, Mike Stanton, Paul DiMaio, Mary Murphy and everyone who shared their stories with us. Providence is a special place and we are honored to tell a part of its story.