Chief Desmond’s Recruits

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     St. Louis Chief of Detectives William Desmond’s success in capturing many desperate criminals made him a celebrity of sorts particularly among aspiring detectives.  When Edgar Allan Poe wrote three tales based on the exploits of fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin, detective fiction captured the attention of readers.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle popularized the genre permanently with his fictional

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Boy Bandits Shock Chief Desmond

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     Few crimes or criminals shocked St. Louis Chief of Detectives William Desmond.  In his long career, Desmond saw first hand many instances of man’s inhumanity to man.  On September 9, 1903, two criminals shocked Chief Desmond for one of the few times in his 17 years as the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Chief of Detectives.      “Baby highwaymen”

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Chief Desmond Brings Fugitive Home

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     St. Louis Chief of Detectives William Desmond would be primarily responsible for the security of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.  Prior to the fair opening in April 1904, Desmond played a critical role in St. Louis’ boodling investigation.      During his boodling investigation, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Joseph “Holy Joe” Folk indicted City Councilman Charles Kratz for taking

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Would Be Assassin’s St. Louis Roots

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     On September 21, 1897, Joseph Bloomfield Jackson attempted to sneak into the White House armed with a loaded revolver.  Jackson had boasted of plans to attack a high government official for days.  Jackson was arrested before he could carry out his plans to attack President McKinley.      Police quickly realized Jackson was mentally disturbed.  They quickly sent

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