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Crime Doesn't Pay

Posted by ESC on April 04, 2001

In Reply to: Crime Doesn't Pay? posted by Pedro on April 04, 2001

: Does any one know where the phrase Crime Doesn't Pay comes from? If so please enlighten me.

The Shadow knows...

CRIME DOESN'T PAY -- "Inevitably, sooner or later, criminals will be caught and punished. First attested in the United States in N. Martin's 'Mosaic' . The saying was popularized in the 1930s through the radio crime drama 'The Shadow.'." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman ( Random House, N.Y., 1996).