Dapper Bandit

In September 1984 Gloria Brock (a pseudonym) began a three-year relationship with Mark Reeves. It could have been the perfect romance, except that Brock was a Dallas prostitute and Reeves was the infamous Dapper Bandit, the man who committed a string of bank robberies from 1978 to 1988 without ever firing a shot. Brock's account of her relationship with the robber resulted in Mark Seal's September 1989 article "I Loved the Dapper Bandit." The 43-year-old hasn't seen Reeves since their relationship ended in August 1987—nine months before he was arrested—and she had no idea that the man she cared for was a criminal. "I'm still angry at him for what he did," she says. "I'm offended that he would jeopardize my life, because if I had known what he was doing, I wouldn't have dated him." Reeves is now serving out his sentence in the U.S. penitentiary in Beaumont (his projected release date is February 21, 2007). Brock quit prostitution twelve years ago to care for her ailing parents. She is still adjusting to her day job of bagging groceries in a Dallas supermarket. "I miss prostitution terribly," she says. "I'm trying to get straight jobs, but I hate every one. You have to take so much crap from people: 'Yes, sir.' 'Yes, ma'am.' When I was a hooker, I didn't have to put up with this."

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