Southern Illinois was home to Russia-born gangster Charlie Birger, who was involved in gambling and bootlegging in Saline, Williamson and Franklin counties. According to historians, Birger’s onetime partners-in-crime were the Shelton Brothers, leaders of another southern Illinois Outfit. Eventually Birger split from The Shelton Gang, leading to bloody territorial disputes that rivaled Chicago’s early mob wars.
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Acquisition Note: Source: Dick Hunter.
Copies of these newspapers are available on microfilm.
Preferred Citation: [Article Title, date, publication], Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Scope and Contents: This collection consists of local newspapers accounts that document the history of gangster activities in Southern Illinois between 1920 to 1928. These papers include The Marion Daily Republican and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.