Episode 28: America’s Weirdest Bank Robber and the Chocolate Industry

Episode 28: America’s Weirdest Bank Robber and the Chocolate Industry

Cowboy Bob was a notorious bank robber in the early 90’s in Texas. He hit multiple banks in the Irving area and stole thousands of dollars. He always wore a 10 gallon hat, a beard and sunglasses and no one knew that under all that, it was actually a middle-aged woman named Peggy Jo Tallas. Clarke tells us all about Peggy Jo’s story and the events that led to Cowboy Bob’s final stand in 2005.

Originally thought to be cultivated in Central America, Cocoa trees were actually domesticated first in South America according to a recent research group from British Columbia. It was long after that the delicious chocolate-giving trees were moved to Africa. Justin dives into chocolate’s history, production and the current issues facing the industry in episode 28: America’s Weirdest Bank Robber and the Chocolate Industry.

The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob
Peggy Jo Tallas AKA Cowboy Bob
Peggy Jo about to come out of her RV in 2005, her last stand.
Peggy Jo Tallas before her untimely death in May of 2005.

Cocoa pods that look like skinny pumpkins.
Cocoa beans in a cocoa pod.
A woman in Trinidad crushing cocoa beans with her feet.
A big slab of cocoa butter.
A child working in the chocolate industry in Africa.