Skip to content

Raymond Yablun


His name is incorrectly spelled Yablum in some references.

Owner of the Chicago Coin Co. He disappeared in Los Angeles on Friday the Thirteenth of August, 1978, with $100,000 in coins in his possession. 

He was on his way to the 1978 ANA Convention. After he was reported missing, a body was found at the convention hotel. Althought there was initial suspicion that the body was Yablun, it was not.

His body was discovered a year later buried near Yosemite National Park.

His partner, Frank Lapa, was convicted of the murder. Two co-conspirators also did not fare well. Powell Crosby and his wife were found shot to death in a motel in 1977, possibly a murder-suicide. Lee S. Rusetos disappeared a month later.

The Los Angeles detective on the case was named Sherman Oakes.

The larger story could be the subject for a book or movie.

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


NNP is 100% non-profit and independent // Your feedback is essential and welcome. // Your feedback is essential and welcome.