William M. Tweed, head of the ring which bore his name, was jailed in the fall of 1877, ill and broke. Realizing he was near death, he offered a full confession in exchange for his release. On September 19, 1877 the New York Times headlined the story of Tweed’s court appearance, Confessions of a Thief and went on to denounce the former boss as contumacious and despicable. The newspaper articles traced Tweed’s career of theft, legal manipulation and political power from the early days of the ring. In May 1870, Tweed and his cohorts, stole $5,500,000 in one day.