Back when Geraldo had that long, silly mustache of his... wait ...he's always had that ... he was given the go-ahead to air a special devoted to opening a secret vault that was owned by gangster Al Capone. This was 1986, and an estimated 30 million viewers were tuned in. A medical examiner stood at the ready in case bodies were found, as well as members of the IRS to collect any money. Fortunately for him it was long before Twitter or the Internet were around to kill his career because on live TV, he opened up the doors to find ... nothing. Just some debris. It was a two-hour special, by the way -- two hours that 30 million people who watched will never get back. Hmm. Perhaps that was Capone's last crime.
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