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Saint Paul's Gangster Era of the 1930's

Gangster Past

Saint Paul’s history as a Prohibition-era hotbed for gangsters, gals and whiskey runners is well known.

The city became a haven for notorious names like John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, and the Barker gang, whose activities extended to robbing banks, holding up mail trucks and trains, and kidnapping hostages for ransom.

Gangster Tours

Gangster Tours

Saint Paul offers numerous tours with various companies highlighting the gangster era of the 1930's.

History

History

"If you were looking for a guy you hadn’t seen for a few months, you usually thought of two places—prison or St. Paul.” - Alvin Karpis

Books, Movies & Links

Books, Movies & Links

Saint Paul's notorious gangster past of the 1930's is captured in the following links, books and movies.

Who’s Who

Who’s Who

Saint Paul was full of gangsters throughout the 1930's. Below is a description of some of the more popular names and faces of the era:

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