Episode 80 – Murder of Bill the Butcher

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download     In this episode, I discuss three Tammany Hall thugs murder of William “Bill the Butcher” Poole.  After a brutal beating in July 1854, John Morrissey and his Tammany Hall friends wanted revenge on “the Butcher”.  When the thugs caught up with Poole in Stanwix Hall on the night of February 24-25, 1855, the

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Two St. Louis Officers Indicted in 1901

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     Jennie Winn, a black St. Louisan, ran a boarding house for African-Americans at 1521 Market Street.  Reportedly, she supplemented her income through theft and disposing of stolen property.  Ms. Winn decided to protect her side business by bribing a couple of St. Louis Patrolman, Dennis J. Ryan and Richard Kennedy.      According to the Grand Jury indictment,

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Shadows on the Stairs (1941)

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     On March 1, 1941, First National Pictures, the “B” movie division of Warner Brothers Film Company, released a mystery-thriller starring many “B” film actors and actresses.  Shadows on the Stairs (1941) starred “B” film regulars Paul Cavanagh, Miles Mander and Turhan Bey.      The film is set in a London boarding house, where several mysterious residents seem

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Soldiers Rob Visiting Sheriff

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     The Saint Louis Police Department investigates many strange crimes throughout the year.  One of the strangest cases of 1904 occurred on the night of January 10th, when a visiting Little Rock, Arkansas Deputy Sheriff claimed four soldiers robbed him during a Downtown drinking spree.      Deputy Sheriff Robert Jones was visiting St. Louis for undisclosed purposes.  At

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The Squeaker (1937)

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     London Film Productions released The Squeaker (1937) or Murder on Diamond Row on November 11, 1937.  The film adaptation of an Edgar Wallace story stars Edmund Lowe as former Scotland Yard investigator Barrabal.  Barrabal lost his position with Scotland Yard due to his struggle with alcoholism.      Barrabal is given an opportunity to get his job back

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