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Old 10-02-2015, 12:44 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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John Thornburg 1913-?
In 1939,Kansas City police arrest John Thornburg "The Human Bomb."
He was a Kansas Sunday school teacher who strapped dynamite sticks to himself and walked into a bank threating to blow everyone up unless they forked over the money. He got away with $4,860 and by the time the cops got him he only had $2.84 left in his pocket. He said he spent the rest of it on travel,women and good times. He was sentenced to 35 years at Leavenworth.

John Davis 1913-?
Henry Koblitz 1914-?
In 1941,Davis and Koblitz committed a robbery in Missouri and wrecked their car. They then hitch-hiked to Taylorsville,Illinois where they were treated for their injuries by a doctor. When he was finished,they kidnapped him and stole his car and left him in a schoolhouse bound and gagged. They were captured by police and it was learned that both had done time in the Missouri Penitentiary for robbery during the 1930s and that Koblitz served a year at Leavenworth for counterfeiting nickles and dimes.

Keith Crosswhite 1912-1997
He was a prisoner who signed a contract to play pro baseball.

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Old 10-03-2015, 01:01 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Wiley O.Grissom
In 1882,he and his two sons were arrested for passing counterfeit silver fifty cent and one dollar coins.

John H.Lovejoy
Arrested in St.Louis in the 1840s for counterfeiting.

Melville Chester Findlay Jr.
Kansas City,Missouri
Forger,con man.
Son of wealthy Kansas City art dealer.


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Hayes Van Gorder 1876-1938
Poplar Bluff,Missouri
Sent to prison in 1919 for killing his father-in-law and for forging postal money orders.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:55 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Missouri Penitentiary 1927


A dynamiting plot to blow out the east wall of the Missouri Penitentiary was uncovered Saturday in a confession by Riley Davis,a convict, who turned over to the state penal board enough explosives to breach the wall of the prison at any point. Davis was locked up in a "detention cell" of the penitentiary to protect his life from the other convicts alleged to be implicated in the plot. Davis turned over to the penal board and warden Rudolph,a pint of one and one-half sulfuric acid and perhaps one-third as much nitroglycerine,with 5 dynamite caps and eight feet of fuse. His story,as told to the penal board,was the explosives were to be used Saturday afternoon when there were 3000 convicts on the playground. Davis also estimated that there might be as many as 150 men implicated in the plot to blow the wall,and that the plan had been brewing for a year. Four guards were to be killed and their weapons taken. Davis was sentenced to 14 years from Linn County, December 20,1920 for burglary. He is an expert handler of explosives.

A counterfeiting plant equipped to make fraudulent $20 federal reserve notes was discovered at the Missouri State Penitentiary last week. Three convicts from Kansas City were implicated in the plot, William McCoy,Melvin Ely and Mack Callan were placed in solitary confinement. The investigation was commenced when a convict attempted to exchange a $20 bill for the brass tokens which pass for money inside the prison.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:07 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Lonnie Affronti 1898-1959
Kansas City,Missouri
A gangster of the 1930s who peddled narcotics.
He murdered the wife of a man who informed on him for selling morphine.

Paul Brown
Stoddard County,Missouri
Robbery,sentenced to 3 years in 1938

Robert Gillian
Daviess County,Missouri
Accused in a counterfeiting scheme in 1874

John Standig
He was a counterfeiter who jumped from a train that was taking him to Alcatraz.
The warden put him in the "dungeon" at Alcatraz for trying to escape.
That caused him to become insane and he was transferred to the Medical Center for Federal prisoners in Springfield,Missouri in 1935.

Jake Abby alias Minter
Burglary and larceny in 1914 and given 9 years in prison.

Some Missouri born prisoners in the Kilby Prison at Alabama in 1930.

F.C Winters b.1890 Missouri
Walter Rice b.1902 Missouri
Orville Fletcher b.1898 Missouri
Delmas Jacobs b.1904 Missouri
L.C McCance b.1908 Missouri
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:55 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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ST.LOUIS FEB 24 1928

Four bandits,believed to have hidden in the Wellston Trust Company building all night,held up the bank at opening time today and escaped with between $25,000 and $30,000 in cash. They kidnapped the driver of a bank service car.


A bank robbery was perpetrated here today when,with guns blazing, five or six members of a bandit gang entered the City Bank and robbed it of an amount estimated between $15,000 and $18,000. The robbers escaped in a touring car which was parked at the bank entrance. Yelling at the top of their voices and firing shots into the air,the bandits entered the bank shortly after 9 am. Currency and silver had just been brought from the vault and placed on the counters for the opening of the day's business. The robbery was committed at an hour when hundreds of pedestrians and motorists were passing. A policeman operated a street signal not 50 feet from the scene of the robbery.
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:10 PM
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AUGUST 12, 1878
Mike Rourke's 4-man gang stole $5,000 from a train at Winthrop Junction,Missouri.

Fred Wittrock,David Fotheringham,W.W Haight and Oscar Cook robbed the Adam's Express safe on the St.Louis and San Francisco Railway of $30,000 but were arrested by Pinkertons in St.Louis.



b.New Orleans and started out as a horse thief in Missouri and then an international forger/counterfeiter.

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Old 10-06-2015, 02:03 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Feb.23, 1901
Daniel D. Kelley,Nicholas Gardner,James Blackburn and James Wallace burglarized the depot of the St.Louis and San Francisco Railway Company of two revolvers,three watches and other items valued at $30,00. They were caught and sentenced to 10 years.


Safe blown open but two suspects nabbed.
The big walk-in safe at the Mason Ehrman & Co warehouse and office on Sage Rd. was blown open and robbed last night. Two men,brothers, were arrested shortly thereafter and are being held in connection with the crime. Between $800 and $1,000 in currency was taken,but has been recovered. The men were apprehended by the combined efforts of state and city police and sheriff's deputies. One shot was fired but no one was wounded. The crime was discovered when Elmer Dowery Hampton, 911 Dakota St, a Mason Ehrman salesman,returned to the office late in the evening to slip some sales orders through a slot in the office door. He saw smoke in the office and the open safe. Hampton returned to North Central Avenue and telephoned officers at 11:50 pm. State police immediately dispatched four officers and notified city police,who were just changing shifts and sent seven men,and the sheriff's office who sent two deputies. The officers surrounded the building. The two men,apparently seeing the patrol cars approaching,went up on the roof of the building. Police said they were armed with a .22 caliber rifle but did no shooting. An officer fired one shot in the air as the men ran when police approached, and they gave up with no resistance. They were taken into custody at 12:42 am. They are being questioned this morning and are being lodged in the county jail. The big safe door was blown open with the use of dynamite powder. The smaller safe inside was "punched" that is, the dial was knocked off and the door was opened with a sledge hammer. The suspects are identified as Glenn Eugene Crow,31, and his brother Delbert Lee Crow,33, both of Carthage,Missouri.
Two men held here admit part in 140 safe jobs and burglaries.
Delbert Lee Crow and Glenn Eugene Crow, held in the Jackson County jail admitted in signed statements that they are part of a seven-man gang that has taken part in some 140 safe jobs and burglaries in Southwest Missouri. Law enforcement officers estimate that property damage and value of articles taken by the gang is more than $500,000. Glenn Crow is tagged the "brains" of the smooth-running Crow-McCarthy Gang of the Midwest state. Included in the Gang's escapades are a $7,000 jewelry store robbery in Joplin,Missouri and a $3,300 supermarket safe-blowing in Lamar,Missouri. One of the seven is now in Folsom Prison,two are free on bond in Missouri, and two are still at large. The sheriff said that the gang always manages to eat and drink some milk while pulling a job. "Some lunch meat or empty milk bottles are left at the scene." The Gang operates with a train of three to four autos, sometimes making several trips to cart away their merchandise. Delbert Crow is a radio technician and devised a walkie-talkie warning system. He stands outside the place being looted and when a patrol car appears he promptly notifies his cohorts by radio. The two brothers pled guilty and await sentence.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:10 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Crown Loan Company Held Up And Robbed Tuesday
The Crown Loan Corporation with offices in the Crown Building,Flat River,was held up and robbed of $412,00 Tuesday afternoon by James Koonce of Flat River,who was later arrested and lodged in jail. Miss Jean Bequette was working alone at the cashier's window when Koonce entered about 5:20 pm, pointed a gun at her and demanded the money. He took the currency and left the building,creating no disturbance. Gerald C. Politte,manager,and Elmer Buxton,assistant manager,who were working in an adjoining room,were immediately notified and reported the theft. Deputy Sheriff Heck,Constable Mullins and former Trooper Richmond arrested Koonce at 7:00 in Farmington. He waived his preliminary and was bound over to Circuit Court,charged with first degree robbery. Koonce, alias Perrier,is 28 years of age and has a criminal record, having served a term in the state penitentiary for robbing the Three Flowers Ice Cream Store in Flat River several years ago. He is also reported as an army deserter.

Robert F. Stetler 1903-1932
Missouri bootlegger.

Robert F. Stetler (1903 - 1932) - Find A Grave Memorial

Timothy J. Gilmore 1838-?

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Old 10-07-2015, 03:16 AM
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Three Missouri convicts escape prison,settle in Ohio and form one of the most dangerous gangs in the country during the 1930s.

Frank Bird 1907-1956
born St.Louis,Missouri

Charles Bird 1912-1952
born St.Louis,Missouri

James Widmer 1906-?
born Missouri

Frank Bird and James Widmer went to the same reform school when they were teens at Boonesville,Missouri. When they got out they killed a St.Louis policeman during a holdup and got life sentences at Missouri State Prison. Charles Bird was a burglar at 15 and also went to a reform school before being sent to prison in 1932 for 10 years for a bank robbery. Frank Bird became a trusty for former Missouri Governor Guy B.Park and served as a butler in his mansion before making his escape. Not long after that, his brother and Widmer escaped prison and all three ended up in Cleveland Heights,Ohio. They all got married and bought a restaurant which they used as a blind for gang operations. Their specialty was robbing banks and holding up truck drivers. J.Edgar Hoover called them one of the most dangerous gangs in the United States.

Southeast Missourian August 2, 1937 (Associated Press)


Cleveland Aug.2- Identification of Charles Bird,one of three escaped Missouri convicts held for 4 bank robberies here,as the distinctive blond gunman who robbed 26 Cleveland truck drivers last fall and winter,was announced today by Detective Lieut.Alfred E.Jones. From a police line-up,several truck driver victims singled out Bird as the robber,Jones said. Bird,his brother Frank,and James Widmer are held in connection with 4 Cleveland bank robberies which police said netted them more than $40,000. Charles Bird was serving a 10 year robbery sentence when he escaped from the Missouri State Prison. Widmer and Frank Bird,fugitives from the same institution,were sentenced to life for a slaying.

They always return to their old stomping grounds.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE April 16, 1956

St.Louis,April 15 One man was shot to death and a man and woman critically wounded during an exchange of gunfire in a crowded cocktail lounge last night during what police describe as an attempted holdup. Dead was Frank Bird,49,an ex-convict paroled in January from a life sentence for the killing of a St.Louis police officer in 1925. He and his partner,identified as Robert Lee Orr,32,were surprised by two detectives who happened to be in the lounge at the time on an investigation. Orr and a woman customer,Mrs.Mildred Watts,56, were wounded. An estimated 35 people were in the lounge, thirteen shots were fired.
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:51 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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We received from New Madrid yesterday,a letter dated Poplar Bluff,the 13th from which we learn that that section of country is infested by a gang of desperate well armed men,probably several hundred strong. The leader of the clan is from Southern Indiana,goes by the name of Bill Denver and is about 20 years of age. On Thursday night of last week,this man,accompanied by five others,thoroughly armed,each having a brace of six shooters,sword and short rifle,and mounted on good horse,made a descent upon a farm house near Poplar Bluff and were caught in the act of stealing horses from the stable,situated but a few yards from the house. The farmer,instead of raising the alarm,collected four neighbors, and with them, all having rifles,challenged the thieves with "what are you doing here?" "leave," was the reply, "or we'll send you out on the night train." In a moment more,they fired three shots, one ball striking a farmer in the shoulder, and then started for their horses,but,while untying them,were fired upon by the farmers,and one of them fell. The desperadoes returned the fire and then fled. After a severe fight,the wounded man was captured and taken into the house where in a few hours he died without disclosing his name. Before dying however, he confessed that the clan had a regular organization and that it was sufficiently numbered and well armed. He said they could whip any two counties in southeast Missouri and he admonished the people to beware, for there was bloody work for them to do,and that speedily.


Jack Daniels fine Missouri sipping wiskey

Excerpts from Dead End Kids Of St.Louis by Bonnie Stepenoff

Ira Adams robbed a print shop and saloon in 1899

Emmett Aids at age 15 in 1903 he stole sacks of goods from freight trains

Charles Aiken at age 15 in 1865 he set fire to the House of Refuge

Percy Barth at age 19 he was shot and killed in 1933 robbing a grocery store

Fred Bieber involved in a series of robberies in 1927 with Girard Polito,William O'Leary and Leo Murray

Fanny Boland at age 15 she was charged with prostitution and sent to the House of Refuge

Matthew L.Davis resided at Father Dunne's Newsboy's Home from 1907-1910.He was falsely depicted as a killer in the 1948 movie "Fighting Father Dunne"

F.S.W Gleason He was the superintendent of the House of Refuge and was charged with extreme cruelty in the 1870s.

Walter Harmon at age 12 in 1903, he vandalized machinery at the Multiplex Display & Fixture Company on Seventh St.

Joe Jefferson he was a 15 year old resident of Pruitt-Igoe who told researchers about gang activity in the infamous housing complex.

Joseph Kuehls at age 12, he and his 10 year old brother tried to burn down St.Vincent's Orphanage.

Charles Liebich at age 14 in 1884, he stole money and a shotgun from his parents and told them he was going to Texas.

Elmer Malone killed by gangsters in 1933

Patrick McDonald in 1855 at the age of 14 he was sent to the House of Refuge for larceny and later ended up in the penitentiary where he was shot to death in 1865 trying to escape.

Charles McNorman while playing marbles in 1899 he discovered the dead body of jeu chow under a gasoline truck.
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