5. A Felon’s Manual
During a multi-year crime spree that stretched from Washington’s San Juan Islands to Canada and the Bahamas, Colton Harris-Moore (dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit”) committed dozens of break-ins and stole cars, boats, bikes and planes. In 2012, after Harris-Moore was captured and put in jail, the Orcas Island Historical Museum in Eastsound, Washington, received boxes of declassified evidence from the trial. Many area residents would rather their local museum not give more publicity to a felon, so for now items such as the pilot’s manual Harris-Moore ordered online in order to teach himself to fly are kept tucked away.
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By Harriet Baskas, as excerpted from Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You