The desire to be a somebody, talked about, courted for his views and opinions, was unusually strong in Herbert Mills.
True Crime August 1993
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The desire to be a somebody, talked about, courted for his views and opinions, was unusually strong in Herbert Mills. His greatest problem was that nobody wanted to listen to him – he was a nobody who craved attention he did not deserve. And the kind of attention he yearned for was not the everyday attention of his peers, which most people are satisfied with. Herbert Mills wanted to be a media celebrity, a national talking point. His lack of talent and dull personality could not be allowed to stand in his way. In fact, he was willing to pay with his life to get his name – and his story – in the News of the World!
One man who got his name in the papers was already fairly well known to thousands of zoo-goers in London. His arrival in Britain, accompanying a sacred white elephant, ensured his rapturous welcome. But the story which dominated the News of the World was the kind of media attention which both San Dwe and London Zoo officials would have preferred to do without…Coincidentally, the famous newspaper is mentioned for a third time. On Sunday, January 3rd, 1926, a landlady opened the News of the World and thought she recognised a photograph of one of her guests. But did he only have one leg?
In the "baby bandits" story, again it was media attention the gang was after. Unfortunately it was the local Buffalo newspapers, having made a scathing attack on the gang’s infantile antics, which propelled these would-be big-timers into more serious crime. The inept desperados, short on brains, planning – or any redeeming features – were in it more for the notoriety than the money. And they finally succeeded in being taken seriously by the press…