Secret Partners: Big Tom Brown and the Barker Gang

Secret Partners: Big Tom Brown and the Barker Gang

Tim Mahoney

 Among the main risky criminals of the general public enemies period was once a guy who has lengthy hidden in history’s shadows: Tom Brown. within the early Nineteen Thirties, whereas he was once police leader of St. Paul, Minnesota, Brown turned a mystery associate of the notorious Barker gang. He profited from their violent crimes, he safe the crowd from raids via the nascent FBI—and whereas he did all this, the gangsters gunned down law enforcement officials and voters in his hometown.

Big Tom Brown, 6'5" and 275 kilos, endured to implement St. Paul’s corrupt O’Connor process, permitting criminals to stick within the urban so long as they paid off the police officers and devoted no crimes inside fifty miles. yet within the early Nineteen Thirties, the approach broke down: now not supported via money skimmed from unlawful booze, gangsters grew to become to robbing banks, and the Barker gang abducted of the popular electorate who have been complicit within the liquor exchange. Brown was once the insider who stored the criminals safe—but for hugely political purposes, he was once by no means convicted of his crimes.

Timothy Mahoney tells this interesting tale, information how the fraud used to be exposed, and eventually exposes the corruption of a mystery partnership.

Timothy Mahoney, an editor on the St. Paul Pioneer Press, previously labored on the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wisconsin nation Journal and has additionally taught journalism and English. he's the writer of 2 novels.

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