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)
During the 1920â€™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 â€œsettled down.â€
In 1947 Carl Shelton was gunned down; in 1948 Bernie Shelton was murdered; and in 1949 there was an attempt on Earl Sheltonâ€™s life.
Birger, Charlie, 1880-1928.
Franklin County (Ill.)--History.
Saline County (Ill.)--History.
Shelton, Bernie, 1899-1948.
Shelton, Carl (Carl Ray), 1888-1947.
Shelton, Earl, 1890-1947.
Williamson County (Ill.)--History.
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Preferred Citation: [Item], Shelton Gang United Press articles collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Riley Simmons paroled September 24, [19??]
Freddie Wooten paroled December 17, 1952
Art Newman paroled July 21, 1953