George Appo

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George Appo (c. 1880)

George Washington Appo (born in New Haven, Connecticut on July 4, 1856; died in New York City on May 17, 1930) was a pickpocket and fraudster whose manner of speech in a testimony became influential in depictions of criminals. George himself wrote an autobiography, unpublished, and became the subject of a book.[1] His father was a criminally insane Chinese American called "Quimbo Appo", Chinese name "Lee Ah Bow", while his mother, Catherine Fitzpatrick, was an Irish American. The origins of this criminal led a Louis Beck to present Appo as a story warning against "miscegenation".[2]

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