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Old 10-22-2015, 04:26 PM
 
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MIAMI NEWS Mar 25, 1929

Kansas City,Mo.,---Hays Van Gorder,the clever forger,is back again behind the dark walls of the penitentiary at Leavenworth. He is too clever for his own good.It gets him into trouble. A few years ago,after he had been safely lodged behind the bars for forgery,a pal smuggled a blank pardon into prison and Van Gorder went to work on it. Then he smuggled it out and had it posted to prison officials. It worked perfectly,but as Van Gorder was being marched to the prison gate,he winked at one of his fellow prisoners. A guard saw this and the forgery was discovered. During the last few months forged money orders have been showing up all over the Midwest. Postal detectives were set to work and finally located the culprit at Milan,Missouri. The prisoner looked like Van Gorder,but of course it could not be for he was securely housed at Leavenworth. But one of the older detectives ran down to Milan to look the prisoner over. "That's Van Gorder,sure as the world,there can be no mistake,I have been following that fellow for years." An examination of the Leavenworth records showed that Van Gorder had walked out of Leavenworth several months ago on what appeared to be a perfectly good pardon mailed in a franked envelope from the Department of Justice in Washington. Again he had put one over on the warden. A blank court order had been smuggled into the prison and his deft hand had worked on it. Later a friend had carried it to Washington where it had been properly mailed. The present prison rules prohibit officials from making any announcements of the department of prisoners,so Van Gorder had quietly walked out without the world knowing it. One thing sure,he did not wink at the other prisoners when he walked to the gate. Forging names is a passion with Van Gorder,it is his meat and drink. Signing other person's names is to him what playing a violin is to a great artist. But he is back in the penitentiary now and when his papers come through,next time handwriting experts will be called in.



CHICAGO TRIBUNE July 30, 1948

DEPUTY FRED WASHES HANDS OF A PRISONER
Sheriff Elmer Michael Walsh sought details yesterday to determine why a prisoner,wanted on three charges of burglary was allowed to stroll away from one of his deputies in St.Louis,Missouri. The prisoner,Herbert Dominick Rinaldi,31,had just finished serving 27 months of a 3 year sentence for burglary in St.Louis County and was released to Cook County custody. St.Louis police expressed belief that Rinaldi was the driver of a stolen car who early yesterday evaded police of Webster Groves and University City,St.Louis suburbs,in an 80 mile an hour chase. Early intelligence gathered by the sheriff's office had the escape story as follows: Deputy Fred Lexow was dispatched by Sheriff Walsh to get Rinaldi. He found the prison in Jefferson City with no difficulty Wednesday afternoon and took custody of his prisoner. Rinaldi,it was reported,expressed a desire to visit his parents who live in St.Louis. Deputy Lexow was agreeable and the two set off on the social call. Rinaldi was not hampered with handcuffs and for this reason the family reunion was most pleasant. It was some time until Deputy Lexow and his prisoner were to catch a train for Chicago and as the visit lengthed,Deputy Lexow decided to go to the bathroom to wash his hands. When he returned it seemed to the deputy that the room was not as crowded as when he left it. Careful scrutiny proved the truth of this belief. " Where is the prisoner?" he asked. "Gone" was the answer. Rinaldi was indicted on charges of taking approximately $700 in jewels and money from the Chicago homes of,John C.Shearer,Stanley Jenkins and Demos Niki Geocaris. Rinaldi's escape brought Lexow's immediate suspension by Sheriff Walsh,who said his men are instructed to handcuff prisoners.
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:21 AM
 
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE Dec 9, 1908


RIOT OF FANATICS CAUSES TWO DEATHS
Kansas City,Mo., Dec 8--- Two persons were killed,two fatally wounded and three others injured in a battle today between a crowd of religious fanatics and police. One of the dead was a policeman,another was a child member of the band,and one of the fatally wounded was "Adam God," the leader of the fanatics. The others fatally wounded were police. The battle began on a crowded street,causing panic among hundreds of passersby. It ended in a sensational chase of a woman fanatic and a child who had taken to a skiff in the Missouri river after they had been chased from a houseboat which the police stormed in the face of armed resistance. In this attempt to escape,the child was wounded and later died. During the battle in the streets more than 100 shots were exchanged,the combatants going several blocks while hundreds of shoppers scattered to evade the bullets. It occurred in the business center of the city in the shadow of city hall.
THE DEAD
A.O.Dalbow,patrolman,killed instantly by first shot by the rioters.
Lola Pratt,13,shot while trying to escape by river.
WOUNDED
James Sharp "Adam God" street preacher
Michael Mullane patrolman
Patrick Clark police sergeant
Harry E Stege policeman
George M Holt probation officer
The trouble began when George M Holt,probation officer of the juvenile court went to Fifth and Main streets to investigate a case of alleged abduction. Near that street corner he came upon Sharp,who,surrounded by his companions was exhorting a crowd. With Sharp were Louis Pratt,a woman and five children ranging in ages 3 to 14. The officer's suspicions were aroused by the manner in which the woman attempted to secure money contributions from the crowd and he decided that she and her male companions were not proper persons to have the custody of young children. The officer persevered in his inquiries,when "Adam God" whose long flowing white beard and hair gave him the appearance of a patriarch,threatened the officer with physical violence. Officer Holt was not armed,but stood his ground,and "Adam God" struck him a heavy blow behind the ear,making an ugly wound. Holt then started for the police station for assistance and as he moved away the preacher tried to shoot him,but Sharp was so excited that he dropped his revolver as he attempted to draw it and when he pulled it up to shoot,it misfired. Officer Holt rushed into the police station and announced that a band of religious fanatics,armed to the teeth,were at the threshold of the police station and he warned the officers to prepare for trouble. The police sergeant in charge ordered Patrolmen Charles Dalbow and Harry E Stege to arrest Sharp and his followers. The officers were not expecting serious trouble from such an insignificant band of street preachers and were not prepared for the volley of bullets which met them almost immediately after they appeared on the scene. Dalbow was killed instantly and a bullet passed through Stege's arm. Other officers,hearing the firing,rushed into the street and a general battle ensued. The officers were unable to shoot without endangering the lives of innocent persons. Lieut.Clark,who had come into the street unarmed,was shot in the eye and patrolman Mullane was shot in the back as he hurried into the police station for reinforcements. In the meantime a riot call had been sounded and policemen were appearing from all directions. Thoroughly aroused,the officers closed in on Sharp and his followers,firing as they went but taking great care not to injure any of the children. When the firing ceased,"Adam God" lay fatally wounded,shot through the head and body. The woman and children had to a houseboat where they lived on the Missouri River. When the police followed,the woman barricaded herself in the houseboat where she defied the officers. Standing on the porch of the boat with a shotgun which she had procured from inside,she shouted "Come on,you fiends." The boat was but a few feet from the banks of the river and a few of the officers dashed toward it. The woman dropped her weapon,grabbed two of her children and ran to the back of the boat. She cut loose a rowboat and began to row into the middle of the river. The police fired a volley at the boat striking 13 year old Lola Pratt,tearing away most of her face. The woman then surrendered. While at the police station she said her name was Mrs.Pratt and that she was the wife of the companion of "Adam God" and the mother of five children. Lola Pratt later died in the hospital.

News Items from The Kansas City Journal ~ Old News That's New to You from Vintage Kansas City.com
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Old 10-23-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE Aug 2, 1933

MACHINE GUN FIRE KILLS HOTEL CLERK SUSPECTED OF MURDER
St.Louis,Mo.,Aug 1---After a spectacular 45 minute machine gun battle by police,George Perry,43,former hotel clerk,was wounded fatally after he killed Samuel Murta,77,wealthy proprietor of several low price hotels here. Although more than 50 policemen were summoned to the scene of the shooting,only 10 or 12 took an active part. Holding a mirror outside a window to get a view of Perry's room without exposing themselves,the police located Perry's position and Detective A.W.Bean ended the battle by sending a volley of .35 caliber machine gun bullets into the slayer. Perry died a short time later after being taken to the city hospital. Tear gas bombs had failed but managed to set the hotel on fire and the blaze was extinguished only after the gun battle ended.



JEFFERSON CITY POST-TRIBUNE 1966

Greenville,Mo--Three prisoners in the Wayne County jail overpowered their jailer,took his gun and shot him and a fellow prisoner in a jailbreak Sunday night. The wounded prisoner,Roy Beeman,30,of Houston,Texas,was hospitalized in critical condition. Beeman told the highway patrol he was shot for refusing to tie up the jailer,Deputy Joe Rubottom,72. Beeman was shot in the shoulder and the bullet ranged down to his chest. Rubottom was wounded in the hand. The fugitives locked Rubottom,his wife who is 69 and Beeman in a cell and fled on foot. Townspeople heard the shots and released the captives from the cell. The escapees were identified as: Harry Bretz of Mill Spring,Missouri, Bill Miriani and James Lashley both of St.Louis. They were being held on burglary charges. Bretz also had a charge of assaulting a police officer against him. Beeman was being held on two burglary warrants from Texas. Rubottom said Bretz,Miriani and Lashley jumped him when he brought them a soft drink at their request. One of them then went to Rubottom's quarters and summoned his wife by telling her he had broken a leg.
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:14 AM
 
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE Jan 20, 1887

OUTLAWS IN MISSOURI
St.Louis,MO.,Jan 19---Another bold robbery was attempted on the Chicago,Alton & St.Louis train about 8 o'clock tonight at a point three miles east of Independence,Mo.,in which the brakeman,engineer and fireman narrowly escaped death. At the point mentioned,the train stopped rather suddenly and immediately afterward the passengers in the first car heard a report which sounded like a torpedo,and,supposing it to be such,no alarm was felt. Just after the train stopped,Conductor G.H. Tremblett,who had just started into the car to collect tickets,went forward to see what the trouble was. Just then several shots were heard. In the smoker he met the brakeman,J.H.Painter,who was very much excited and said robbers had stopped the train. While he was trying to explain the train started. The brakeman said that he had noticed that the air-brakes were not working properly and he went up to the engine to get a wrench. As he stepped on the front platform of the smoker a man climbed down off the baggage-car with a revolver,saying:" Get in here,damn you;there are plenty of us here," and he fired a shot at the brakeman. The latter,paralyzed with fear,did not move and two more shots were fired at him,one of which grazed his cheek. All the time the robber kept up a stream of talk. At this point the express messenger opened the car door and was told to haul in his head,he did so as a bullet whizzed by it. James Hannon,the engineer,and W.H.Dunn,the fireman told stories similar to that of the brakeman. Hannon said that at Blue Cut he discovered the bell-cord had been cut and at the same time he received a signal to stop the train. He did so and said a man with a white hat climbed down off the express-car with a revolver in his hand. He fired two shots which struck the coal pile in the tender and missed the engineer and fireman. Hannon at once started the train and no more trouble was had. It is supposed that the man is a member of a gang which he expected to meet at Blue Cut,and that he was on the train with the understanding that he was to stop it and his pals were to board it and help him in the robbery,but that he ran past the point agreed upon and thus the scheme was a failure. The robber escaped. No one was robbed but there was no small degree of excitement among the passengers.
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:01 PM
 
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Martin James Monti 1921-2000
b.St.Louis,Mo
American pilot who stole a plane and defected during WWII

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_James_Monti




CHICAGO TRIBUNE July 18, 1921

Warrensburg,Mo. July 17---Richard Johnson,68,retired farmer was seized,stripped and whipped by three masked men last night while returning home from his son's farm near here with two farm workers. Two of the men escorted Johnson into the woods while the third covered the others,preventing them from helping him. The men warned Johnson to leave the country. Johnson stated he recognized the masked men but no arrests have been made.



CHICAGO TRIBUNE March 20, 1892

ROUGHS TERRORIZE A MISSOURI TOWN
St.Joseph,Mo., Mar 19---The little village of De Kalb,17 miles south of St.Joseph is in the hands of an armed mob and the terror-stricken residents are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the sheriff,who started for the town with a posse late this afternoon in response to a message asking for help. The trouble grew out of an attempt to suppress a saloon and is expected to lead to bloodshed before it is settled. Some weeks ago Peter Bowen attempted to get a petition to start a saloon but was defeated by the anti-saloon element. Becoming defiant,he purchased a stock of liquors and opened up business anyway. A complaint was lodged against him and he was arrested. His friends swore revenge and yesterday the Rev.Mr.Kincaid,leader of the anti-saloon element was assaulted in the streets of the village and dangerously injured. Three of his assailants were recognized and warrants were issued for their arrest,but they openly defied the village constable to touch them. A Deputy Sheriff was sent down who served the warrants and the men were released on bonds. No sooner had he left the village that the men arrested gathered their friends together and inaugurated a reign of terror. Knives and pistols were displayed and prominent citizens threatened with death on the public streets. A sharp fight is expected when the sheriff and the posse reach the scene of the disturbance.
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:21 AM
 
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A man being observed as a possible psychopath escapes from a medical center in Springfield Missouri and even though he never had flying instructions steals a plane and goes on a wild ride.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE Dec 5, 1947

CONVICT TELLS OF ESCAPE IN STOLEN PLANE
Jackson,Tenn.,Dec 4---A 300 mile jaunt in a stolen aircraft was described today by Charles Lee McIntosh,24,who escaped Monday night from the United States Medical Center in Springfield,Missouri. He said he spent part of the time diving at riverboats and that the plane ran out of gasoline once and he landed,borrowed some fuel and took off again. McIntosh was arrested at an airport here last night while preparing to steal another plane to continue his flight,which had been interrupted a few hours earlier when his craft ran out of fuel for the second time and crashed while he was landing on a farm near Selmer,Tenn.,40 miles southeast of here. McIntosh told Sheriff Tom Lewis he became separated from four companions with whom he escaped with from the medical center where he was under observation as a possible psychopath while serving a six year federal term for auto theft and attempting to escape from federal authorities. None of the other four convicts has been captured. He said he went to Roger's airport near Springfield yesterday, climbed into a plane,started it and took off. The fugitive,who never had received any flying instructions,said he intended to head for his home in Dayton,Ohio,but he followed the Tennessee river by mistake believing it to be the Mississippi. "I flew up Murray,KY.,and ran out of gas," he told the sheriff. "I landed in a cotton field close to a farmhouse.A man gave me 10 gallons of fuel and I put it in the plane and took off again.I didn't have trouble landing or taking off,I just pulled the stick and up she went." During the flight he amused himself by diving the two-seat light plane at riverboats. "I was lost and just flying around." he said. "When I ran out of fuel again between Selmer and Jack's Creek,I landed on a farm and the plane crashed. I crawled out and hitch-hiked to Jackson,I hurt my left leg." He said he had gone to the airport here to get another plane and was looking around when police came. He was held in the Madison County jail.
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Another prisoner with wings.


CHICAGO TRIBUNE April 18, 1946

A HIGH FLYER DODGES POLICE ON THE GROUND
Columbia,Mo.,April 17---Police dived to safety from their squad car at the city airport here today as an airplane thief they were attempting to arrest raced toward them in a stolen plane and took off,barely clearing the top of their car. Lacking anti-aircraft artillery,the officers stared helplessly as the plane vanished in the blue. An hour later a plane thought to have been the same one appeared over Jefferson City and swooped low to jiggle it's wings sardonically over the police station there. This aeronautical salute convinced state police that the plane thief was the same person who broke away from Jefferson City officers in front of the police station last night,escaping on foot in a hail of bullets. Although all airports in a 500 mile radius were alerted to be on the lookout for the pirated plane,no trace of it had been reported late tonight. Events which culminated in the theft of the plane began last night in Jefferson City with the appearance of two young men in an automobile. These men purchased 10 gallons of airplane gas and took it away with them in a can. Later in the evening Jefferson City police found the same two men sitting in their automobile in an alley behind a hotel. They questioned them and when they were unable to produce proof of ownership of the car took them into custody. One of these men broke away and ran when they were being led to a police car in front of the city police station. Four bullets failed to stop him and he escaped. The other gave the name of Billy Cauble,19,of Wichita Falls,TX.,and said he knew his companion as Vernon Simmons. Cauble said he met Simmons a few weeks ago at Woodward,Okla.,and that the two since then had stolen several automobiles in several Oklahoma and Missouri towns. Cauble said Simmons was a former pilot instructor for the army and was a fugitive from a Texas prison. Because of the purchase of airplane gas and Cauble's description of his vanished pal as a pilot,state police warned all nearby airports to be on watch for an attempt to steal a plane. Norris McKinzie,guard at the Columbia City Airport received this warning and became alarmed when a man answering the fugitive's description showed up about 6 am and explained he had a date to fly with the owner of a private plane. McKinzie dashed into his office and called police. When he emerged he saw his visitor in the cockpit of a converted army training plane belonging to R.E Lucas,local businessman. McKinzie climbed on the wing of this plane and grappled with the man,who succeeded,however,in starting the motor,spinning the plane,and throwing McKinzie to the ground. It was at this point that police summoned by McKinzie drove onto the field. The takeoff was made with a cold engine,McKinzie said.
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COLE COUNTY DEMOCRAT

Missouri Penitentiary-- At 3:00 the afternoon of November 24,1905, four prisoners met at the stockade gate. George Ryan handed out Colt .44 revolvers and a large supply of ammunition to fellow convicts Harry Vaughn,Edward Raymond and Hiram Blake. The four men entered the office of Deputy Warden R.E See and ordered him to put his hands in the air. Instead,he went for his gun and one of the men shot him in the shoulder. After See slumped to the floor he and another person in the office were grabbed and used as shields for the men as they raced across the yard toward a large iron gate that led outside the prison. Guard John Clay was gatekeeper for the day and was ordered to hold up his hands. While in this vulnerable position,one of the four shot him in the head,killing him. Another guard,Ephriam Allison,noticed the commotion through a grated door and yelled, "what's going on in there?" He was shot twice and also killed. The escapees then placed a charge of nitroglycerin on their last remaining hurdle to freedom;a large gate at the end of the driveway. It blew the lock completely off of the gate and made a jagged hole large enough for the men to drive through. The four ran down along the railroad tracks towards the train depot shooting back at the pursuing guards. One of the fleeing prisoners,Hiram Blake,was shot and killed by police officer John Bruner. The remaining three jumped into a wagon. Using the driver as a shield,they grabbed the reins and whipped the horses to a full gallop down Madison Street south to Dunklin. In front of the Capital City Brewery,Ryan fainted from sheer fright and fell off the wagon. Vaughn and Raymond kept going until a young boy bravely ran into the street and grabbed the bridle of one of the horses,stopping the wagon. Vaughn leapt from the wagon and tried to shoot the boy but his gun wouldn't fire. A policeman apprehended the escapees and they were returned to the penitentiary and placed in solitary confinement. George Ryan confessed to the escape plot and told prison officials that the guns,ammunition and explosives had been brought to them by H.E Spencer,former convict. After a series of trials and appeals,the Missouri Supreme Court finally found the three guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced them to hang. Ryan was upset with the verdict,as he felt he should have been treated more leniently for confessing the details of the escape plot. Dressed in suits,the men were hanged side by side on June 27, 1907. The hanging took place inside the Cole County jail yard on Monroe Street in front of a large crowd.



DALLAS MORNING NEWS Sept.11, 1891

OUTLAWS CAPTURED
Kansas City,Missouri---A fierce fight occurred near here today in which a United States marshal's posse captured two noted and desperate outlaws after shooting and mortally wounding them. The posse was in charge of Deputy Marshals Swain,Cook and Wilkins and had been on the trail of William Conly and Ross Riley for several days. They cornered them in an unoccupied hut,twenty five miles south of here today and demanded their surrender. The outlaws responded with a volley from their revolvers. The posse returned the fire and a lively fusillade was kept up for some time. Then the outlaws showed the white flag and surrendered. When the men gave themselves up it was found that they had been badly wounded,probably fatally. Conly had been shot through the groin and bowels and Riley had been shot through both shoulders and one hip. None of the posse were injured. Conly had been sent to the Arkansas Penitentiary for horse stealing with John Harts,but broke jail and escaped into the territory. Ross Riley is a Cherokee Negro,he was one of seven murderers sentenced by the Cherokee Council to be shot,but escaped before the sentence could be executed.
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SOME ARTICLES FROM THE CAIRO EVENING NEWS


FIENDISH MURDER
Tuesday,Feb.9, 1869---A man named Hoefer,living on the outskirts of Hannibal,MO.,murdered his daughter,fifteen years old on Friday. He first strangled her with a strap then cut her body in two with a shoe knife. He tore out her heart,cut it open and drank the blood. He was arrested and when asked why he committed the horrible deed,replied that Christ was killed and it was no worse for her to die than Christ and that he offered her as a sacrifice to Christ. It is said the man is insane on religious subjects.


Monday,Aug.,30, 1869---A young man named Dock Pinkstaff was assassinated at his home in Premiscot County,near New Madrid a few nights ago by a man named John Lewis. Lewis,in company with another man and boy,approached Pinkstaff's residence under cover of night and made a noise in the vicinity that aroused Pinkstaff from sleep. When he passed to the yard to ascertain the nature of the disturbance,Lewis fired upon him,the charge entering his left breast and killing him in a few hours. The affair,it is said,grew out of an old grudge. Lewis had his preliminary examination and was committed for murder.



MURDER IN MISSOURI
Sunday,Feb.,12,1871---Harry Bryant,a desperate character,went to the house of Robert Blanford,three miles southeast of Charleston,Mo.,on Thursday night last and shot him five times,killing him almost instantly. Blanford died in fifteen minutes. Blanford owned a distillery and a farm,leaves a large family and was a well-to-do and respected citizen. The murderer made his escape but hopes are entertained that he will be apprehended.
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Poindexter Edmundson
Bloomfield,Missouri
He was hanged in 1877 for killing William Shaw.



Malden,Missouri Feb. 1878
A man named James Nunlee had a quarrel with brothers Frank and William Miller.
The Millers,accompanied by Sam Harris and Robert Robinson get drunk and find Nunlee in a saloon. Soon bullets start flying and when the smoke cleared,three are dead and Harris and Robinson ride away on their horses.



CAIRO NEWS Oct.14, 1873

A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY
St.Louis Oct. 13---It appears that Robert Austin,a young farmer residing about 8 miles from Carrollton,Mo.,has for some time suspected the infidelity of his wife. Friday morning Austin left home saying he was going to the St.Louis Fair and would be absent several days. He went to the depot but returned home after dark and hid in the closet of his wife's bedroom armed with a double-barreled shotgun. His wife soon retired and shortly afterwards Elijah Halley entered the room,undressed himself and just as he was getting into bed,Austin sprang from the closet and fired at him but missed and struck his wife in the abdomen. Austin fired again at Halley killing him instantly. Halley was a brother of Elders Thomas and Henry Halley,both prominent in the Christian church. Mrs.Austin died Saturday afternoon. Mr.Austin surrendered to authorities.
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