The Gangs of St. Louis

The Gangs of St. Louis

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St. Louis was a city under siege during Prohibition. Seven different criminal gangs violently vied for control of the towna€™s illegal enterprises. Although their names (the Green Ones, the Pillow Gang, the Russo Gang, Egana€™s Rats, the Hogan Gang, the Cuckoo Gang and the Shelton Gang) are familiar to many, their exploits have remained largely undocumented until now. Learn how an awkward gunshot wound gave the Pillow Gang its name and why Willie Russoa€™s bizarre midnight interview with a reporter from the St. Louis Star involved an automatic pistol and a floating hunk of cheese. From daring bank robberies to cold-blooded betrayals, Gangs of St. Louis chronicles a fierce yet juicy slice of the Gateway Citya€™s history that rivaled anything seen in New York or Chicago.A city of narrow, winding streets, St. Louis recognized the need to widen and repair some of the main avenues, most of which ... days of the Butler Machine saw numerous groups of hoodlums rise and fall like quickly shuffled cards in a deck.

Title:The Gangs of St. Louis
Author:Daniel Waugh
Publisher:The History Press - 2011-11-22


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