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Shelton Gang United Press articles collection

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Shelton Gang United Press articles collection, 1943-1957 | Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Shelton Gang United Press articles collection, 1943-1957Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 170

Primary Creator: Shelton Gang

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Birger, Charlie, 1880-1928., Franklin County (Ill.)--History., Gangsters--Illinois--History., Outlaws--Illinois--History., Saline County (Ill.)--History., Shelton, Bernie, 1899-1948., Shelton, Carl (Carl Ray), 1888-1947., Shelton, Earl, 1890-1947., Shelton Gang., Williamson County (Ill.)--History.

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of photocopies of United Press press sheets and a few newspaper clippings about the Shelton gang of southern Illinois. The clippings in this collection cover events from 1943 to 1957.  There are also clippings about other murders, shootings, bombings, burning of Shelton property, and trials of other Shelton family members.

Biographical Note

During the 1920’s the Shelton brothers, Earl, Carl, and Bernard, along with the notorious Charlie Birger gang, sold illegal liquor, opened gambling resorts, and committed numerous murders in Williamson, Saline, and Franklin counties.  The Sheltons and Birger eventually turned against each other and became deadly enemies.  In 1928 Birger was hanged for the murder of Joe Adams, the mayor of West City.  The Sheltons were convicted of bootlegging and robbery, but were released after serving only a short time.  They purchased 4,000 acres near Fairfield, Illinois in Wayne county and “settled down.”

In 1947 Carl Shelton was gunned down; in 1948 Bernie Shelton was murdered; and in 1949 there was an attempt on Earl Shelton’s life.

Subject/Index Terms

Birger, Charlie, 1880-1928.
Franklin County (Ill.)--History.
Gangsters--Illinois--History.
Outlaws--Illinois--History.
Saline County (Ill.)--History.
Shelton, Bernie, 1899-1948.
Shelton, Carl (Carl Ray), 1888-1947.
Shelton, Earl, 1890-1947.
Shelton Gang.
Williamson County (Ill.)--History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Shelton Gang United Press articles collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Shelton-Birger Feud, 1943-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Murder of Carl Shelton, October 23, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Charles Harris accused of the murder of Carl SheltonAdd to your cart.
Charles Harris accused of the murder of Carl Shelton, October 23, 1947-November 15, 1947
Folder 4: Murder of Bernard “Bernie” Shelton, July 26, 1948-August 6, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Attempted murder of Big Earl Shelton, May 24, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Attempted murder of Little Earl Shelton, September 9, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Charles Harris accused of the attempted murder of Little Earl SheltonAdd to your cart.
Charles Harris accused of the attempted murder of Little Earl Shelton, September 10, 1949-October 17, 1949
Folder 8: Murder of Roy Shelton, June 7, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bombings and burnings of the Shelton properties, 1949-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Auction of the Shelton property, April 7, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Shooting of Guy and Lulu Shelton Pennington, June 28, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Charles Harris accused of the shooting of the PenningtonsAdd to your cart.
Charles Harris accused of the shooting of the Penningtons, June 29, 1951-July 27, 1951
Folder 13: Ogie Pennington trial for the killing of Louis SonsAdd to your cart.
Ogie Pennington trial for the killing of Louis Sons on June 8, 1951, September 14, 1952
Folder 14: Death of Agnes Shelton, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Little Carl Shelton accused of molestation and rape, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Shootings of Thomas Ray, E. Hillary O’Daniel Jr., and Evertt Wilson, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Members of the Charlie Birger GangAdd to your cart.

Riley Simmons paroled September 24, [19??]

Freddie Wooten paroled December 17, 1952

Art Newman paroled July 21, 1953

Folder 18: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

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