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Frank McErlane death.... Chicago gangster...

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October 9, 1932

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 9, 1932

* Frank McErlane death 
* Irish-American gangster
* Thompson submachine gun

Page 3 has a one column heading: "GANG RIDE INVENTOR DIES OF PNEUMONIA" with subheads. (see) First report coverage on the death of Frank McErlane. I suspect this is one of the few publications to report this particular event as other titles in our inventory do not.

wikipedia notes: Frank McErlane was a Prohibition-era Irish American gangster. He led the Saltis-McErlane Gang, allied with the Johnny Torrio-Al Capone Gang, against rival bootleggers, the Southside O'Donnell Brothers. He is credited with introducing the Thompson submachine gun to Chicago's underworld. The Illinois Crime Survey called him, "the most brutal gunman who ever pulled a trigger in Chicago".

Other news of the day. Complete 1st section only with all 34 pages, rag edition in nice condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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