Ken Zimmerman Jr. Historian and Writer Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:08:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48617568 William Desmond Passes Away Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:23:14 +0000 desmond-1904-heroics     On Tuesday, July 4, 1916, former St. Louis Chief of Detectives William Desmond passed away after an illness of two years.  Desmond was in Alexian Brothers Hospital from October 1915 until his death on Independence Day 1916.  The 59-year-old Desmond left a 12-year-old son, William Desmond, Jr.  Chief Desmond’s wife died several years before him.      For]]> 0 15007 Evan Lewis’ Stranglehold Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:23:27 +0000 evan-lewis-paperback     This post was formally a podcast broadcast in 2015.  In this episode, I discuss what Evan “The Strangler” Lewis’ hold would be called today.      Update – All three of my kids have milestone birthdays this year.  Caitlin is 21, Kenneth will be 18 and Caleb will be 16.  The old man is a proud papa of all]]> 0 10222 Charlie Chan’s Shanghai Chest (1948) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:23:02 +0000 still-chinese-ring     In Shanghai Chest (1948), Inspector Charlie Chan must solve three murders.  At each murder scene, police find a dead man’s fingerprints.  Charlie Chan must solve both the murders and the mystery of the fingerprints.  Monogram Pictures released this enjoyable film on July 11, 1948.      The film opens in Judge Armstrong’s house where a burglar is lurking]]> 0 9987 Hack and Zbyszko Battle to Draw Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:23:52 +0000 george-hackenschmidt-posing     At the beginning of 1911, the wrestling public considered three men to be the greatest challenge to reigning World Champion Frank Gotch.  Former champion George Hackenschmidt, Stanislaus Zbyszko and “The Terrible Turk” Yussif Mahmout wanted the chance to beat Gotch.      Gotch, who was nobody’s fool, decided to take some of the starch out of his challengers]]> 0 9992 The Kennel Murder Case (1933) Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:23:40 +0000 william-powell     William Powell’s fifth turn as S.S. Van Dine’s detective Philo Vance may have been his best.  The Kennel Murder Case (1933) finds Philo Vance trying to solve the murder of Archer Coe.  Coe had many enemies but the greatest mystery for Vance is how Coe was murdered in a locked room.      Vance attended a dog show]]> 0 10158 George Wiggins Sentenced to Life Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:23:30 +0000 schnarr-front-page     On October 31, 1912, George Wiggins attended his trial for the murder of St. Louis Police Officer Louis Schnarr in June 1912.  Nonchalantly chewing gum, 21-year-old Wiggins appeared totally oblivious to the seriousness of the trial.  Wiggins plead guilty to the murder with the hope of receiving 25 years in prison.  However, Judge Withrow was considering the death]]> 0 14981 1909 – A Bad Year For Parker Zimmerman Sat, 03 Jun 2017 10:23:56 +0000 mellie-bollinger-zimmerman     1909 was probably the worst year of Parker Lonzo Bator Zimmerman’s life.  He lost both his ten month old daughter Ida May Zimmerman and his second wife Mellie Bollinger Zimmerman.  Before Parker’s death in the Cape Giraurdeau Tornado of 1949, he would bury two more of his children.  Both of them were adults.  I can only imagine how]]> 0 7236 Stetcher and Zbyszko Complete Deal Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:23:13 +0000 stetcher-wrestles-zbyszko     On December 13, 1920, Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeated Joe Stetcher for his World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  Professional wrestling was a staged exhibition by 1920.  However, such was the strong feelings between the men that the match may have been a “shoot” or legitimate match in which Lewis took the belt.      Whether the outcome of the match]]> 0 14974 Heenan Loses to King in Last Bout Mon, 29 May 2017 10:23:17 +0000 john-c-heenan     John Camel Heenan was known to 19th Century bare knuckle prizefighting fans as “the Benicia Boy”.  Despite an 0-1-1 record as a professional fighter, Heenan claimed the World Prizefighting Championship based on a draw with Tom Sayer in an 1860 English prize-fight.      Heenan’s first professional fight had been with the reigning World Heavyweight Prizefighting Champion John]]> 0 14744 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939) Thu, 25 May 2017 10:23:21 +0000 gordon-harker-standing-in-boat     On December 1, 1939, Twentieth Century-Fox released Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939), the second film in the three film series.  Gordon Harker starred as Scotland Yard Inspector Hornleigh.  The film opens in Brighton-on-the-Sea, where a storm has kept Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham, played by Alastair Sim, inside for their first few vacation days.    ]]> 14902