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May 20, 2017

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1964. The heist of the century. Musician, author, artist, con man, one time east coast surfing champion, Jack Roland “Murph the Surf” Murphy  and two accomplices hit the American Museum of Natural History in NYC and stole the JP Morgan Collection of Precious Gems. Among the stones taken was the 16.25 carat Eagle Diamond from Eagle, Wisconsin. When it was found In 1876, it was the largest diamond yet found in the United States. Within 48 hours of the heist, Murphy and his partners - apprehended while celebrating their success at a tavern - were behind bars. The Eagle Diamond was never seen again.