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In Massachusetts, a would-be safe cracker is reportedly killed by his own explosion

Worcester County, Massachusetts, 1857
12/01/1865
The ticket agent of the Boston and Worcester railroad, arriving for work at six a.m. at the depot office in Milford, Massachusetts was shocked to discover a man with severe head wounds laying unconscious in front of the office safe.  Amos Lee, the would be safe cracker, had at some time during the night, attempted to blow the safe with dynamite but suffered fatal injuries himself. His accomplices had taken the money in the safe, made Lee comfortable by resting his head on the ticket agent's uniform overcoat, and left. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Burglary: A Robber Killed by the Blowing Open of a Safe," Boston Herald, December 2, 1865, p. 4. 

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