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Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit

Surveillance video of the Boonie Hat Bandit
Surveillance video of the Boonie Hat Bandit

The St. Louis area is gripped by a spree of twelve bank robberies that leave local and federal authorities baffled. Dubbed the Boonie Hat Bandit, this criminal methodically robs banks in broad daylight leaving everyone to wonder, Who is this man?  Law enforcement is scrambling, and the robberies make national news. In September 2008, the suspect is apprehended and the world finds out his shocking identity: Donald Keith Giammanco, a quiet, middle-class, single father of twin daughters. The big mystery remains: how and why would he enter a life of crime? In spite of requests to tell his story, Keith Giammanco refuses to give insights into his motivations for years, until now.

Bank Notes is written by the woman Keith falls in love with while in prison, Caroline. For the first time, Keith tells what goes on inside his heart and mind, revealing a story not even his children or closest friends know. Readers learn that a combination of haunting childhood issues, a series of failed relationships, and economic desperation lead to his crime spree. Keith takes responsibility for his crimes and seeks to answer the questions the public has been asking for seven years.

The events surrounding the robberies are described in detail. Giammanco, a stock trader, explains how, after the market crashes, he plans the robberies and approaches them as a business. His unique approach reveals why it is so difficult for law enforcement to capture him. Keith Giammanco is not the typical criminal.

Banks Notes follows Giammanco through his crimes, his arrest and prosecution, and ultimately his ongoing prison sentences. His relationship with Caroline and their experiences with the Missouri prison system will shed light on a department rife with corruption and self-serving interests. Bank Notes is a unique prison story because it is told through the eyes of both inmate and staff. The political inner-workings of the prison culture and court systems are laid bare. What life is truly like inside a prison is a popular social interest, and Giammanco gives a look at the system from within.

This high profile criminal finally breaks his silence.

Author, Caroline Giammanco
Author, Caroline Giammanco
Keith Giammanco, aka The Boonie Hat Bandit
Keith Giammanco, aka The Boonie Hat Bandit