Jack ‘Murph the Surf’ Murphy, Heist Mastermind, Dies at 83 – Reports

Jack (‘Murph the Surf’) Murphy, Heist Mastermind, Dies at 83

He called himself “Murph the Surf,” a tanned, roguish, party-loving beach boy from Miami, and he transfixed the nation in 1964 by pulling off the biggest jewel heist in New York City history — the celebrated snatching of the Star of India, a sapphire larger than a golf ball, and a haul of other gems from the American Museum of Natural History.

It was not that 27-year-old Jack Roland Murphy and his accomplices, Allan Kuhn and Roger Clark, were super-thieves, like the ones Maximilian…

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