this day in crime history: may 26, 1977

On this date in 1977, police in New York City arrested George “The Human Fly” Willig on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center. His crime? He climbed the South Tower from the outside. He accomplished this feat, which took him 3 1/2 hours, using clamps he had fashioned to fit into the channel that ran the entire height of the tower for window-washing equipment.

The City, sensing they had a new folk hero on their hands, decided against a hefty fine for Willig. Instead, he was fined $1.10 — one cent for every floor floor of the tower.

Further reading:

New York Press“WTC Climber George Willig Would Do It All Again”

GothamistGeorge Willig’s 1977 WTC Climb

Wikipedia – George Willig

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3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: may 26, 1977

  1. John D.:
    Gotta give this guy an “A” for effort.
    One brave soul, that’s for sure.
    And an innovative one to make those clamps which allowed the feat.

    Love the amount of that fine, too…LOL.
    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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