Crime Doctor (1943)

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     On June 22, 1943, Columbia Pictures released the first of the Crime Doctor films, Crime Doctor (1934).  Aging former leading man Warner Baxter plays Dr. Robert Ordway, a renowned criminal psychologist.      The film begins with Ordway being dumped from a vehicle by several men.  The blow to his head caused an extreme case of amnesia.  As he regains

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Amanda Isabelle “Mandy” Story

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      Many Zimmermans always believed my great-grandfather Parker L. Zimmerman was married five times.  However, Parker was married three times to Victoria Harris, Mellie Bollinger and Lydia Margaret “Dollie” Story.  It was actually Parker’ sister-in-law Amanda Isabelle “Mandy” Story, who was married five times.      Mandy was born in Illinois on July 16, 1877 to George Washington

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Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939)

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     On September 2, 1939, Republic Pictures released the first chapter of their third Dick Tracy serial, Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939).  Ralph Byrd returns as Dick Tracy, who is working with the federal authorities.  Tracy and his men captured Nicolas Zarnhoff, who has been sentenced to death for his crimes.      On the day of his execution, Zarnhoff

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John J. Doyle Is Killed in Shootout

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     On October 31, 1921, the rival Hogan Gang killed Egan’s Rats leader William T. Egan in front of Egan’s tavern in Downtown St. Louis, Missouri.  Egan’s Lieutenant William “Dinty” Colbeck swore revenge on the killers.  On December 30, 1921, Colbeck made his first attempt to kill the assassins.  Colbeck had a vehicle carrying alleged assassins Luke Kennedy and

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Episode 85 – History and Jon Jones

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode, I discuss my favorite new podcast, a tragic murder in 1916 St. Louis and why Daniel Cormeir’s injury may cost him his belt.      I recently discovered the Presidential Podcast hosted by the Washington Post.  The podcast does a comprehensive job of introducing listeners to the U.S. Presidents in a

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