A Killing in Capone's Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive (Paperback)
Using never before published police reports, interviews with family members of key witnesses, and leading experts, historian Chriss Lyon establishes the foundation for what would develop as a haven for gangsters from the onset of the Prohibition Era through to the mid-twentieth century, while revealing new information about the eventual capture of notorious gangster Fred “Killer” Burke.— From Local History/Interest Books
"Bloody Chicago" was the name given to America's most corrupt city after the grotesque scene that left seven humans embedded into masonry walls and oil-slickened concrete. Two Thompson submachine guns did the majority of the damage but the masterminds behind the St. Valentines Day Massacre escaped. Ten months later on December 14, 1929, St. Joseph, Michigan Police Officer Charles Skelly working a routine traffic crash came face to face with a killer. Shots were fired, the assailant escaped and the dying Officer Skelly identified his murderer before taking his last breath. The trail led to a home in Stevensville, Michigan where authorities found an arsenal of weaponry, over $300,000 worth of stolen bonds, bulletproof vests, and two Thompson submachine guns. The hideout belonged to Fred Burke, a highly sought suspect in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and now the most wanted man in the nation.
The "backwash of bloody Chicago" had made its way into the rural neighborhoods of Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. Citizens who turned a blind eye to crime, helped create "Capone's Playground," an environment abundant in all that is illegal and immoral.
Using never before published police reports, interviews with family members of key witnesses, and leading experts, historian Chriss Lyon establishes the foundation for what would develop as a haven for gangsters from the onset of the Prohibition Era through to the mid-twentieth century, while revealing new information about the eventual capture of notorious gangster Fred "Killer" Burke.
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Friday, December 7th
Community Tree Lighting at the corner of Broad Street & Lake Boulevard
St. Joseph High School Choir at 6:00PM
Tree lighting at 6:30PM
Afterwards, stroll downtown to admire the decorated store fronts from 7:00PM - 8:30PM. Forever Books will have children reading in the window!
Saturday, December 8th
Meet Troy Cummings, author of Can I Be Your Dog?and the Notebook of Doom series.
Book signing beginning at 3:00 PM and continuing after the Reindog Parade at 4:00 PM. Click here for more info on this author and event!
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