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Gangsters in St. Paul: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles


"Crime Marches On: St. Paul-Gangster's Paradise", by Raymond Moley and Edgar Sisson.
In Today, Vol. 1 No. 35, June 23, 1934. 
MNHS call number: Folio HV6795.S3 M7

"The Dillinger Case," by Edwin J. "Ed" Riege.
In The Investigator, Part I: Nov. 1988: pp. 9-11; Part II: Dec. 1988: pp. 2-3.
MNHS call number: HV6248.D5 R44 1988

"Growing Up In St. Paul: Years of Depression, Gangsters, Good Schools," by Willard L. (Sandy) Boyd.
In Ramsey County History, vol. 27, no. 1 (spring 1992).
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.R22 R3 v.27:1

"St. Paul Wins a War," by Stanley High.
In Current History, vol. 49, no. 1 (Sept. 1938): pp. 18-20
MNHS call number: D1 .C9 v.49:1.

"St. Paul's Darkest Decade, 1925-1935," by Donald J. Giese and Nate N. Bomberg.
In St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sunday Pictorial Magazine, Dec. 3, 1967: pp. 4-39.
MNHS call number:  FOLIO HV6534.S193 G54 1967

"When the Saintly City Wasn't," by Woodrow Keljik.
In ACE (St. Paul Athletic Club), vol. 65, no. 5 (May 1985): pp. 4-23.
MNHS call number: GV563.S2 A4 v.65:5

"Tom Newman for the Defense: St. Paul’s Gangland Attorney", by Sue Kratsch.
In Minnesota Genealogist. Vol. 41, no. 3 (fall 2010).
MNHS call number: Reading Room F605.M77 A24 v.41:3


John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920-1936, by Paul Maccabee.
St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995.
MNHS call number: Reading Room HV6795.S3 M33 1995, also available for purchase

Secret Partners: Big Tom Brown and the Barker Gang, by Timothy Mahoney. 
Saint Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013.
MNHS call number: Reading Room HV7936.C85 M34 2013, also available for purchase

Dillinger: A Short and Violent Life, by Robert Cromie and Joseph Pinkston.
New York: McGraw-Hill, [1962].
MNHS call number: HV6248.D5 C7

The Dillinger Days, by John Toland.
New York: Random House, [1963].
MNHS call number: HV6248.D5 T6

Film & Video

St. Paul's Gangster Days, Neil Brede, producer.
This documentary uses historical photographs, newspapers, and interviews to examine St. Paul's reputation as a haven for many of the nation's criminals, which led to a crime wave in the 1930s.
MNHS call number: Videotape 391

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