Preston Anslyn’s Early Exploits

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     Before he was promoted to Special Officer, St. Louis Police Officer Preston Anslyn responded to calls for service like any other patrolman.  On the morning of February 28, 1916, Anslyn was patrolling the area of Franklin and Jefferson Avenues.      A citizen notified Anslyn that 30-year-old Albert Kivet was celebrating after his birthday on February 27th.  During

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Tom Egan Talks to the Post

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     Tom Egan founded one of St. Louis’ earliest organized crime organizations, Egan’s Rats, with his brother-in-law Thomas “Snake” Kinney.  Originally, the gang specialized in political strong arm work for St. Louis’ Democratic Party.  Arising from the tough Kerry Patch neighborhood, the gang members also took part in other crimes such as heists and burglaries.      Historically, criminal

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Willie Egan Saves Policeman

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     In the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 25, 1917, Willie Egan, the future head of ‘Egan’s Rats”, St. Louis’ most powerful organized criminal organization, was drinking and having fun with several of his men at Falstaff Saloon.  Willie’s brother Tom oversaw the organization of 300-400 criminals.      Through Tom Egan’s political influence, Willie was employed as

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Detective Desmond Catches Eddie Guerin

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     Before he was the “Sherlock Holmes of St. Louis”, St. Louis Chief of Detectives William Desmond was Detective “Billy” Desmond.  One of the most talented detectives in St. Louis Police history, Desmond met one of the most famous international criminals in history, Eddie Guerin, in the mid-1880s.      Guerin robbed the American Express Office in Paris in

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