William Desmond Passes Away

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     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

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George Wiggins Sentenced to Life

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     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

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Ira Cooper Unravels Money Order Theft

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     On February 22, 1924, unknown suspects took $20,000.00 in American Express Company money orders from the Mercantile Trust Company in Downtown St. Louis.  Initially, the American Bankers Association hired private detectives.  After the detectives were unable to discover any serious leads, the association turned the case over to the St. Louis Police Department.      When the bank

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Two Ruffians Beat Officer

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     On Thursday, September 9, 1875, George “Mitchell” Gassert and William Salisbury went to Fred Fisher’s Saloon at the corner of N. Jefferson and Morgan (Delmar today).  After ordering drinks, the two young men of unsavory reputation refused to pay for their drinks.  After several attempts to illicit payment, Fisher summoned St. Louis Police Officer John Cummings.    

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