Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy

A teen violin prodigy and champion surfer, Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy seemed to be destined for folklore when he and two accomplices stole the Star of India sapphire and the 100-carat Delong ruby from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The flamboyant Miami Beach thief also took $40,000 in jewels from Eva Gabor when she was staying at the Racquet Club on the 79th Street Causeway. His involvement in the brutal 1967 murder of two young women found in Dania’s Whisky Creek darkened his rep, though. Murphy went to prison, found God — and was paroled in 1986. By the time he got out of prison 20-plus years later, he was a born-again Christian who frequently visited prison inmates to preach redemption.

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