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Birger, Charlie (1880-1928) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Birger, Charlie (1880-1928)


Historical Note: Charles Birger was an American bootlegger during the Prohibition period in southern Illinois. His real name was Shachna Itzik Birger, and he emigrated to the United States as a child with his parents from the Russian Empire. On April 19, 1928, Charlie Birger became the last man to be legally hanged in the State of Illinois.





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