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The Yuletide Bandit: Seven Year Search [Mass Market Paperback]

Mike McIntyre
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Nov. 11 2004
Michael Syrnyk began his criminal life as a clumsy hold-up man wearing a woman's wig, fleeing a bank scared and empty-handed. Seven years later, he had morphed into Winnipeg's notorious Yuletide Bandit, a cold and calculating rebel not afraid to wage war with armoured truck guards during numerous public shootouts.

Michael Syrnyk’s crime spree took him through Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg from 1995 to 2002. Syrnyk held up 9 armoured cars, 11 banks and 8 other businesses; stole 100 cars, shot a police officer, took a prostitute hostage and was finally captured in a brothel in Winnipeg’s red light district.

The Yuletide Bandit takes you deep inside the head of an unlikely and unforgettable serial criminal.


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Police dubbed Michael Syrnyk "The Yuletide Bandit" following a series of dramatic, daylight Christmastime robberies in 1998, 1999 and 2000 that left citizens fearing for their safety and police searching for an apparent psychopath. One of Syrnyk’s most notorious shoot—outs occurred during a December 2000 robbery outside Polo Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg’s busiest mall. Dozens of Christmas shoppers — including senior citizens — dove for cover as bullets flew and glass shattered. Yuletide is a true crime thriller that chronicles Syrnyk’s crime spree across western Canada to his eventual capture in a brothel in Winnipeg’s red light district.

About the Author

Mike McIntyre is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and is the host of the weekly national radio talk show "Crime and Punishment" on the Corus Entertainment Network. His first book, Nowhere to Run: The Killing of Constable Dennis Strongquill, was a Canadian besteller and was a finalist for the 2004 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non—Fiction. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife and two children.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Yuletide Bandit: Seven Year Search Nov. 16 2013
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book arrived on time and was carefully packaged; however, it is supposed to be in very good condition with little visible wear. It is yellowed, has "WITHDRAWN" stamped on three sides and a library sticker/barcode on the front and spine that can't be removed. This isn't what I was expecting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is this the only review for this book? May 5 2005
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book to the point where I was digging up old newspaper articles, fantasizing about actually doing these crimes. It's amazing that one guy can get away with these types of crimes for so long. I remember the day I purchased this book and was amazed that a normal kid just suddenly morphs into a criminal. A very interesting look in to the criminal mind
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP April 28 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
for everyone who has read this book or heard the stories.. all I can say is that this is the poorest written piece of crap I have ever read.. basically the only truths were taken from the actual police statements, all the personal stories about him, his life and his relationships with friends and family,, were grossly exaggerated by the author,,,I should know I was there,,, I saw it all. So.. just because a book gets published, dont think its all true.
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