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Johnson, Ralph

Works: 1 works in 1 publications in 1 language and 28 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV6795.W54,
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Most widely held works by Ralph Johnson
Secrets of the Herrin gangs : an inside account of Bloody Williamson by Ralph Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Her ran slots for Charlie Birger, managed the business for the Sheltons and served as the "brain" of the Herrin outfit during the Gang War of the 1920s. By the 30s, he was the "most dangerous man" of the coal belt "bad lands" of Southern Illinois. In Secrets of the Herrin Gangs, Ralph Johnson provides an inside account of Bloody Williamson from the viewpoint of a Shleton gangster. At the end of the Gang War in January 1927, with the Sheltons in prison and Charlie Birger on his tail, Johnson decided to get out and cash out, selling his story first to the St. Louis Star and then across the country in a 10-part series that ran coast to coast. Now for the first time, Johnson's account has been combined in one volume and updated. Southern Illinois historian Jon Musgrave follows up the inside account and reveals the unassuming Benton gangster behind the Ralph Johnson alias. A salesman and writer by trade, the young gangster found himself at the center of the war between Carl Shelton and Charlie Birger. Musgrave uncovers his history from the Herrin Massacre to 1950s Reno, Nevada
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