On this episode of the Midnight Writer New Show with S.T. Patrick, author Kevin Corley joins the host to discuss the Charlie Birger gang, the Shelton gang, Al Capone, Prohibition, the KKK, the last public hanging in Illinois, and how it all ties into the Herrin Massacre.
Kevin Corley is the author of 13 Steps for Charlie Birger and Bootlegger Heaven: The Shelton Gang Story.
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W. Garland says
Messrs. Patrick and Corley,
After the hiatus of MWN these past few months I was stoked to see a new episode listed, however I must admit to being unenthused when I read the summary of the topic. That being said, I fired her up and LOVED it! Fascinating stuff. Murdering your rivals and singing in the church choir. The oil tanker ‘tank’ and crop duster bombing raids are simultaneously disturbing, absurd and hilarious. As you said S.T., comic book level- like Wiley Coyote on his day off. I’ll be looking deeper into these fellows and their antics, and will hopefully get ahold of the books at some point.
Well done, gentlemen!
S.T. Patrick says
Thanks! It is a great story. We actually don’t get the same level of audience for our “straight history” episodes as we do our conspiratorial material, but I would encourage everyone to try them. I think the “straight history” episodes are some of our best. The Harold Holzer episode on Lincoln, for example, and the Founding Myths episode with Ray Raphael are two of my favorite episodes. — STP