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Is This Schlubby Bank Robber The Ghost of Abraham Lincoln?

Yes, Abraham Lincoln, exactlyThe FBI Houston Division is on the hunt! A bandit has cleaned out the vault at a Wells Fargo bank and escaped on horseback — some say up to Cheyenne Town, others say out Callyforney-way. Who is this rogue, bringing his most unseemly disposition to the local financiers of Houston City? Could he be… the ghost of Abraham Lincoln?

But yeah, here’s how the FBI is describing this bum who hasn’t shaven in a couple of months:

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force needs your help identifying a bank robber dubbed the “Abe Lincoln Bandit.” The man, sporting a long, Abraham Lincoln-like beard, robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located at 11102 Scarsdale in Houston, Texas, earlier today (June 30, 2012). […]

The Abe Lincoln Bandit was described as a white male, 5’9” to 5’11” tall, 180-210 pounds, with dark brown hair and a dark brown, long, Abraham Lincoln-like beard. He wore a dark cap and a dark shirt with white stripes.

You can get five large for sending tips to the FBI. But then you will have sold out Abraham Lincoln. Would that make you feel good? Would it, hmmm?

[FBI]

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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined Wonkette.com in 2007, left for some other dumb job in 2010, and proudly returned in 2012 as our "Senior Editor at Large." He lives in Washington and also writes for things such as The Guardian, the Manchester paper of liberals.

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  • nounverb911

    He seems more like the ghost of Schlubby Breitbart.

    • bumfug

      I was thinking Maynard G. Krebs.

    • http://www.udargo.com MaxUdargo

      Jesus, people. It's clearly Stephen Hawking in an obvious fake beard.

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    If so, vampire banks beware!

    • Baconzgood

      Wouldn't those be (wait for it…) blood banks?

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        TWO MINUTES! You beat me to it by two damn minutes!

        I hate people who wake up early.

  • Estproph

    I don't think that was actually Abraham Lincoln. Different hat.

    • Come here a minute

      Yeah, Lincoln's a Yankee fan of course.

      • Baconzgood

        SLIDERS LIBEL!!!!!

        • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

          Lincoln was a Kromagg?

      • SorosBot

        Since Lincoln was from Illinois and did not come from a rich background, he would have been a White Sox fan.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Slow newz day?

    • nounverb911

      Anderson Cooper finally came out of the closet everyone knew he was hiding in.

      • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

        Now there's an item that has a wider stance.

      • Geminisunmars

        Your turn, Tom Cruise.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Isn't the divorce a tacit admission? SHE filed.

          • Geminisunmars

            A-tiskit a-Tacit, a green and yellow chair on which to jump up and down.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Yes, a remarkably short-lived ecstasy. I've been in serially monogamous relationships that have lasted longer.

          • HistoriCat

            When do your memoirs come out? I want to reserve a copy.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Believe it or don't, I'm actually a very shy and reclusive person. I'll let you know when it comes out, but I won't tell you what it is. If you can figure out my identity from that, more power to you.

          • HistoriCat

            A shy and reclusive tease!

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Hey, no fair. (Pulls sheets over head)

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Ya know? To whom, exactly, was this a secret?

        • Butch_Wagstaff

          I told the hubs that it'd be nice if some well-known person came out & it was an actual surprise to everybody.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Wouldn't it, though? I long to be shocked, truly I do.

    • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ MumbletyRadio

      Slow newz day?

      Slow Booze Day. For some of us returning to work; Monday, etc.
      I can't tell if it's a contact high hangover from reading about the Seattle meetup's roaring good time, or the post-hurricane, no; tornado; no, derecho headache that's messing with me more than the usual work-week bleahs.

      • wondering where i am

        Isn't derecho something they yell at you when you ask for directions in Tijuana? Since when is it a "weather event."?

  • nounverb911

    NY Mets Libel!

    • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

      They are my favorite squadron!

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Look, with the Madoff payout still to be determined, can you blame the Wilpons for trying to top off the coffers? Beats trading Santana.

  • Goonemeritus

    I would drop a dime on the real Lincoln for 5 large.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      You SO would not. Go see The Skin I Live In instead, and let Pedro Almodovar turn your brain inside out for a day or more, you'll be glad you did.

      • Goonemeritus

        I will, I even have Netflix so there is that to look forward to.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          It is one bizarre movie, Goon, and I'd love to hear what you and Mrs. Goon think. Seriously.

          • Goonemeritus

            Well Mrs. Goon is spending the week on a meditation retreat in Rhinebeck, so it will be a week of no compromise TV viewing and a much more meat centric diet.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Lucky Mrs. Goon! She'll come back all happy and refreshed and forgiving till she sees the news. I could use a break from Republipiggery for a week. Well, if you ever get around to seeing that movie, do let me know what you (singly or jointly) think!

  • anniegetyerfun

    I never felt like punching Abe square in the face. This guy, though….

  • vulpes82

    *gasp* Abraham Lincoln didn't slay vampires; he IS a vampire! It's like everything I ever knew about history was WRONG!

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      I'm starting to wonder if it's the weed or I've entered a slipstream in time and manoeuvred into a slightly different universe.

  • SexySmurf

    How do you know it isn't the ghost of Patrick Swayze in a Ghost of Abe Lincoln mask?

  • nounverb911

    Shouldn't he be disguised as Jefferson Davis instead?

    • Callyson

      General Sherman or GTFO.

  • SorosBot

    Based on the "ironic" hipster beard and sloppy dressing, they should be looking through men drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon in Houston's dive bars.

    • scvirginia

      They'll never find him!

    • http://www.wonkette.com Chill_Bill

      Houston hipsters may be unoriginal, idiotic and years behind those in Williamsburg, but trust me, this guy is no hipster.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Yeah, the ironic Mets cap would get him laughed out of any decent hipster bar in Wburg. If you're going to rock a baseball cap at all, its gotta be from a highschool team, or oddly-named AA team, at most.

        Best to avoid potential missteps and just go with the rasta-colored skullcap or a hand-knit toque with the dangly yarn strings hanging down. Stick with the classics.

    • Halloween Jack

      He was robbing banks before it was cool.

  • http://www.notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton/proclaim.html#declaration Joshua Norton

    the ghost of Abraham Lincoln?

    Nah. Just complete lack of personal hygene.

  • edgydrifter

    This is his viral video application for a job with JP Morgan.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Seems like he might be qualified.

  • bringmeanaxe

    I dunno, he looks more like an Amish than Abe Lincoln.

  • Sassomatic

    Striped sweaters are the new hoodie. Be warned.

  • Nostrildamus

    Man Hunt! This should prick up the ears of the GOP leadership.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Well, it'll certainly up their pricks, anyway.

  • Schmannnity

    Worst The Town remake ever.

  • Baconzgood

    ABEICA ABEICA ABEICA!

    -John Stanley "Sonny" Wojtowicz-

  • Wilcoxyz

    I have a mortgage with the dipshits at Wells-Fargo? Can we give him a medal?

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      You poor thing. I suggest we all form a network to shelter and aid him (for a percentage of the take, of course). Wells Fargo has ripped SO many people off, I'm sure we'll have no lack of volunteers. Let's US rob THEM for a change!

  • UW8316154

    OT – Anderson Cooper is gay. Finally.

    • Callyson

      I read a cartoon once that depicted The Creator saying "You know, I'm God, and even I don't know if Anderson Cooper is gay or straight." Thanks for clearing that up, Anderson…

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        I can tell you right now that it was absolutely no fucking secret to the gay community. That boy was born gayer than a lark.

  • Callyson

    I don't know how many drugs Honest Abe is on, but from the looks of that photo, AOTK…

  • SayItWithWookies

    He stole from Wells Fargo? Well, I'll get right on it. Just as soon as I — um — finish this piece of celery that I'm gnawing on to keep the hunger away. Now what the hell did I do with my shoes? Oh yeah — I ate them. Okay, it might be a while.

    • OldWhiteLies

      Don't forget to dust your linen closet, re-line your pantry shelves, get all those small spoons out from under the tablespoons in the flatware thingy, wind up that hose in the back, straighten the toilet rug in the guest bath, organize the old paint cans in the garage, vacuum out all those dust bunnies in the laundry room, and reorganize the medicine cabinet in the master bath. That all should give you plenty of time to figure out your strategy for … wait, what was it you were gonna do?

      • Geminisunmars

        Why do I suddenly feel guilty?

  • samsuncle

    If you see this guy do not try to apprehend him yourself because anybody that wears a sweater in Houston in June is one bad hombre.

    • HistoriCat

      Maybe not , did he walk in wearing the sweater? He may just be used to the way many offices in Houston are kept at a crisp 60 degree temperature during the summer. In that case, maybe he put it on when he got into the bank.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    Well, like Lincoln this guy knows that horizontal stripes make you look shorter.

  • StanleyPain2

    It would HAVE to be the ghost of Abe Lincoln because only someone living in the 1860s would think that less than $100 is a lot of money to rob from a bank.

  • Baconzgood

    Why is that camera placed at that angle? It's like boob cam.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Gee, I wonder why that would be? (scratches head unconvincingly).

  • Baconzgood

    FUCKING AMISH!

  • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    Let my Lincolns go!

  • scvirginia

    Did he take all the bills, or just the fives?

    • OldWhiteLies

      Thank you for my first embarrass-myself-cackling-out-loud-at-unseemly-length experience of the morning!

      • scvirginia

        I'm very happy I was able to oblige you, kind sir.

  • Slim_Pickins

    At 5'10" he's no Abe Lincoln.

  • Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    Abraham Lincoln was a good ol' man
    He hopped out the window with my dough in his hand

  • OneDollarJuana

    Ask those guys in the background if they feel more free. If so, that's Lincoln.

  • http://www.notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton/proclaim.html#declaration Joshua Norton

    President Lincoln was shot because he wore a stovepipe hat.

    • RedneckMuslin

      Yes, John Wilkes Booth was mad because he couldn't see the play. Then it escalated from there.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      I've often longed to shoot the wearers of egregiously offensive headgear myself.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    When Amish go bad, tonight on FOX News!

    • RedneckMuslin

      Gruber needed the money for a barn raisin'

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    The note he passed the teller….was it signed by Epstein's Mom?

  • fartknocker

    He doesn't look anything like the guy on my $5 bills.

  • Not_So_Much

    Even without being all robber-ish-y, that expression clearly says "I'm a whiny douche".

  • mavenmaven

    inevitable, a hipster bank robber.

    • Baconzgood

      Next he'll be escaping on a fixie bike.

    • ph7

      Let's hope he's sentenced to a Portland penitentiary.

  • Fare la Volpe

    I guess vampire hunting doesn't pay the bills.

  • Fare la Volpe

    You're Australian, silly. That's a woman.

  • http://sciencekick.blogspot.com valthemus

    Looks more like the Ghost of Grunge Bands Past.

  • GorzoTheMighty

    Commandate Castro is indeed looking a bit old.

  • http://www.notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton/proclaim.html#declaration Joshua Norton

    Rumspringa gone bad.

  • BlueStateLibel

    Well that's a switch – people robbing banks instead of the other way around!

  • WhatTheHeck

    Benjamins trump Lincoln any and every day.

  • RomanSolo3000

    Dad?

  • Toomush_Infer

    Um, nope – Zombie. Hunters take note….not a vampire, sorry….

  • tbogg

    David Schwimmer has really let himself go. Sad.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Looks to me like he's sitting in a wheelchair.

    And that flatbrim cap look is pretty much the worst ever – except he's not wearing it backwards, which would be the worst look ever.

  • elburritodeluxe

    You could raise a lot of barns with that kind of money…

  • elburritodeluxe

    Hey, douchebag, do you think you could maybe put down your cellphone for one fucking second while you rob a fucking bank!

    • ph7

      At least Abe wasn't jabbering into his bluetooth earpiece.

  • savethispatient

    It seems… unwise… for Abe Lincoln to live in Texas. He's still a big hero there, right?

    • Isyaignert

      Haha! Now that's funny!!

  • proudgrampa

    Oh for fuck's sake.

  • Guppy

    On the one hand, having a neckbeard usually means you're a computer nerd. On the other, such a nerd would probably be able to take a lot more of the bank's money with a high-frequency trading algorithm than going low-tech like this.

  • owhatever

    The Dude abides.

  • larrykat

    With that beard it looks like a rumspringa gone bad. Either that or Vulcan Amok-Time.

  • TribecaMike

    James O'Keefe gets more brazen by the hour.

  • Troglodeity

    Man, Chevy Chase has finally hit rock bottom.

  • Isyaignert

    The beard with no moustache look creeps me out.

  • ttommyunger

    Abe Linclon or Black Beard? We report, you zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

  • hippie13

    Thats James OKeefe undercover! Or if Lincoln, its only because zombie killin ain't cheap!