Stories on Stones, Murph the Surf

Murph the Surph

One of the greatest gemstone robberies was committed by this man,  Jack Murphy, a champion surfer and violin player.  He and a buddy saw a movie in which jewel thieves lowered themselves from a skylight to steal gems.  Thus inspired in 1963, they stole many stones from the American Museum of Natural History.  The Star of India a 536 carat nearly flawless star sapphire (about the size of a golf ball) was the only stone that had an alarm but the battery was dead.  Eventually caught, imprisoned, and released, Jack Murphy (Murph the Surf) spends his time talking to young potential criminals about his evangelical beliefs.  Talk about being inspired by the movies!


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