THE  TELL -TALE  MURDERS

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An investigation into a flaming double

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In March 1932, on the same week as the Lindbergh kidnapping, two women were murdered and burned in the Midwest. Police weren't much interested in solving the crime. But a serious investigation would have led to many of the era's most infamous crimes.

The victims in this murder had shady pasts and many aliases, but we’ll settle on calling them Rose Perry and Sadie Carmacher.

Their corpses were found in a burned Buick near Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. They’d been killed during a howling blizzard. The car was doused with gasoline and set on fire. The women’s faces were scarred with acid, the license plates were removed from the car, and the engine serial number was ground down.

The women were last seen in Saint Paul. After a brief investigation, the case went cold. It was never solved. There were a few policeman, and many gangsters, who didn’t want to see it solved.

But let’s pretend that we’re detectives in 1932, and look into the case of the Tell-Tale Murder.

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Sadie Carmacher, (aka Marjorie Schwartz) at left, and Rose Perry, above, made friends in the Duluth jail and then began a mysterious journey that ended in their gruesome murder.


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Follow our intriguing story and see how the execution murders of two Midwestern woman tell a twisted tale that leads to so many of the Gangster Era's killings, kidnappings and bank robberies.

The trail leads from the 1922 Denver Mint Robbery, through the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, to the 1936 trials of the Barker-Karpis gang which effectively ended the Public Enemies era. It's a story of brazen gangsters, their women, their tommyguns, their loot, their crimes and the cops who let them get away with it all.

We begin with the slaying and incineration of two women, found in a burnt-out car in a Wisconsin blizzard

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DEAD MESSENGER

Bootlegger Mick Powers, wanted in Saint Paul, is living on the lam deep in the quiet woods of Wisconsin. Just after New Year’s, his phone starts ringing with phantom calls. Then one snowy afternoon, a dark sedan lumbers down his driveway. Mick’s dogs go into a frenzy of barking, trying to tell him that the visitors are big trouble.

Out of that sedan pops Alvin Karpis, Fred Barker and his brother Doc. They say they only want a small favor.

So begins an unwanted adventure that finds Mick involved in the final crime of the Barker Gang’s long and deadly career.

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DEAD LIKE LAZARUS

In June, 1933, the Barker-Karpis gang, with the help of one of Al Capone's henchmen, kidapped wealthy brewer William Hamm. This historically-accurate novel imagines how reluctant gangster Mick Powers got involved in this sinister crime. Everything's on the line for Mick, who has nowhere to turn since the cops are even more treacherous than the kidnappers. In fact, the former chief of police helped plan the kidnapping.

But writing and delivering ransom notes is boy scout stuff compared to Mick's main challenge: His wits and courage are the only thing keeping the gangsters from terminating his reporter friend Janie Vetter, who is now a young mother.

Mick's girlfriend Myrtle, a fur thief (depicted on the cover) is spiraling into a deep funk and can't seem to accept his, or anyone's, affections. All the while, the professional killers Swede and Rico have every reason to make Mick their latest victim.

Come join Mick in the dark streets of Saint Paul as he tries to survive a partnership with Fred Barker, Alvin Karpis and Al Capone's opera-loving executioner, Shotgun George Ziegler.

DEAD LIKE LAZARUS on Amazon.com

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DEAD A LONG TIME

In the winter of 1932, the professional killer Swede Fanlund stalks bootlegger Mick Powers through the dark, cold streets of Saint Paul. Mick’s survival depends on his alliance with the Barker-Karpis gang, which needs his help in planning bank robbery.

Meanwhile, Mick’s young friend, the newspaper reporter Janie Vetter, is falling in love with a handsome but crazy gangster. Mick’s sometime-girlfriend Myrtle takes up with a rich guy, and Mick finds comfort with a woman who is Ma Barker’s paid companion.

Hop into Mick’s Essex Terraplane and come along for the ride as Prohibition ends and the Gangster Era enters its darkest, most dangerous time.

DEAD A LONG TIME on Amazon.

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IF THE DEAD COULD SPEAK

It's spring, 1932 and bootlegger Mick Powers is paid to shadow two females who are new in town. But those women, and Mick, are in more trouble than they know.

Sample chapters here

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The Police Chief and the Barker Gang

The roll-call of Public Enemies has long been missing one important name. Alvin Karpis, Fred Barker, Doc Barker and John Dilinger are now joined by “Big Tom” Brown.

A gangster who was also chief of police, Brown was a secret partner of some of the most notorious criminals of the 1930s. Brown’s hidden role in the kidnappings, bank robberies and murders of the Public Enemies era is fully explored for the first time.

The story is illustrated with more than 30 photos, many never before published.

Read on: Small town, big crimes.


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From the author:

Hello, I'm Tim Mahoney. I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I'm still writing about and researching the Gangster Era of the 1930s. You can reach me at ...

tim@tpmahoney.com

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