The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery (Paperback)
On November 12, 1971, Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one, robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine. He escaped with $110,000; at the time, the largest bank robbery in the history of the state. This was the beginning of a comic, outrageous, implausible journey that took him across the United States, then to Europe and North Africa before finally surrendering to authorities in Scotland Yard after he had spent most of the money.
Ron Chase is a former Registered Maine Guide and IRS accountant, and was active in the AMC as Canoe Chair and a Trip Leader. Now a freelance writer, he is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines. He and his wife Nancy co-wrote Mountains for Mortals: New England: Scenic Summits for Hikers. Ron lives in Topsham, Maine.