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By Tim Mahoney

ISBN-10: 0873519043

ISBN-13: 9780873519045

one of the most threatening criminals of the general public enemies period used to be a guy who has lengthy hidden in history's shadows: Tom Brown. within the early Nineteen Thirties, whereas he was once police leader of St. Paul, Minnesota, Brown turned a mystery companion of the notorious Barker gang. He profited from their violent crimes, he secure the crowd from raids through the nascent FBI—and whereas he did all this, the gangsters gunned down police officers and voters in his hometown.

Big Tom Brown, 6'5" and 275 kilos, persisted to implement St. Paul's corrupt O'Connor procedure, permitting criminals to stick within the urban so long as they paid off the police officers and devoted no crimes inside fifty miles. yet within the early Nineteen Thirties, the approach broke down: not supported via money skimmed from unlawful booze, gangsters became to robbing banks, and the Barker gang abducted of the admired voters who have been complicit within the liquor exchange. Brown was once the insider who saved the criminals safe—but for hugely political purposes, he used to be by no means convicted of his crimes.

Timothy Mahoney tells this interesting tale, information how the fraud was once exposed, and eventually exposes the corruption of a mystery partnership.

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