T.V. Series Review: Boardwalk Empire

By Chris Bunton Boardwalk Empire is a great T.V. Series that centers on the building of Atlantic City, Prohibition, the Depression and a man named Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. “Nucky” Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi is a fictional character based loosely on the real life person, of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson. And that’s part of the funContinue reading “T.V. Series Review: Boardwalk Empire”

Shots Ring Out

By Matthew Senn My daddy was a paranoid man. Had every right to be too, ‘course. He’d always figgered someone would come lookin’ for ‘im one day. Never went into much more detail than that. One mornin’, he hears some shots ring out. He was a corn farmer then, our patch a land went fromContinue reading “Shots Ring Out”

Serial Killer: Dale Anderson

By Chris Bunton I traveled to Belleville Illinois, recently to research the serial killer Dale Anderson. My research took me to Belleville High School East, where the body of Audrey Cardenas was found in June of 1988. She was an intern for the Belleville News Democrat at the time. The area where she was foundContinue reading “Serial Killer: Dale Anderson”

Book Release: “I’m a Dead Man”

By Chris Bunton If you are interested in conspiracy theories, and most especially the theories surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination, then this is a book for you to check out. It is written by author and police historian, Sgt. Mike Simmons. The press release says: “PENSACOLA, Fla. _ Delving into a decades-old mystery involvingContinue reading “Book Release: “I’m a Dead Man””

Bugsy Siegal’s Last Pal

By Steven G. Farrell The citizens of Las Vegas, Nevada were all afraid of Bugsy Siegel, the notorious gangster from New York. Afraid and respectful. “Ben”, the name he used in his inner circle, was a long-time partner of such Manhattan big shots as Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello. He even had connectionsContinue reading “Bugsy Siegal’s Last Pal”

Two Lynched in Chattanooga

by Chris Bunton I traveled recently to Chattanooga, Tennessee for my honeymoon.  While there, we spent some time checking out the sights, seeing Lookout Mountain, and all the history of the place. While I was there I also worked on a piece about the Serial Killer, Joseph Paul Franklin who had blown up a synagogueContinue reading “Two Lynched in Chattanooga”

James Earl Ray

by Chris Bunton I traveled to Quincy, Illinois. This is a great place to view architecture if you enjoy different styles of housing. But, the town also holds the distinction of being the home of the serial killer Michael Swango and the assassin James Earl Ray. It seems odd that a man who ended upContinue reading “James Earl Ray”

Serial Killer: Paul Dennis Reid

By Chris Bunton I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee recently to have a Valentines Day get away with my wife. We checked out the Frist Art Museum, where they had a Picasso exhibit, and we went to Andrew Jackson’s home, “The Hermitage“. While there I did some research on the serial killer, Paul Dennis Reid. AlsoContinue reading “Serial Killer: Paul Dennis Reid”

Sam Hildebrand

“There seems little room for doubt that the desperado, who was recently killed at Pinckneyville, the particulars of which, our local correspondent of that town, has heretofore furnished our readers, was the real “Sam Hildebrand” of Missouri notoriety”—Du Quoin Tribune, April 11, 1872  Sam Hildebrand was born on January 6, 1836 at the family farmContinue reading “Sam Hildebrand”

Gang Shooting in Dowell, Illinois

Dowell, Illinois is a small town of about 200 people. It sits in Southern Illinois, which is a rural area about 6 hours south of Chicago, and an hour or 2 east of St. Louis. It’s mostly a quiet area, but in the 20’s it was full of bootlegging, speakeasies, and gang war. The gangContinue reading “Gang Shooting in Dowell, Illinois”