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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