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New York socialite and “self-proclaimed presidential historian” Barry Landau was denied bail this week in a case accusing him of stealing $6 million worth of valuable historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society, according to The New York Post.Landau, a friend of the Clintons who has met the Pope and Queen Elizabeth, reportedly took papers signed by Lincoln, inaugural ball invitations, and other significant items from the Maryland collection.
And the Post reports that his crime spree extended to two New York institutions as well:
In March, limelight-loving Barry Landau, 63…ripped off the New-York Historical Society, making off with a letter penned in 1780 by Benjamin Franklin to American Revolution hero John Paul Jones, prosecutors claim.
Just three months earlier, Landau pilfered seven presidential speeches, signed and annotated by Roosevelt, from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.
Landau spirited the documents back to his museum-like West 57th Street apartment, and later sold four of the Roosevelt letters to a private buyer for $35,000, according to prosecutors.
The scandal is being called “the Great Cupcake Caper” since Landau was known to turn up at historical societies bearing gifts of cupcakes or cookies, the Post writes.
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