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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