Their Secret Died in the Chair

TRUE CRIME STORY TIME

A Short Story by Richard O Jones

In the spring of 1918, Three men burst into a business meeting and steals a pocketful of cash, leaving three men, including one of their own, dead in a fusillade of bullets.

Here’s an exciting story that has many of the elements of classic noir: A deadly robbery, an exhaustive manhunt, a daring escape from the county jail and a tense showdown ending with a clever police ploy.

Music by Chuck Wiggins

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Cincinnati Enquirer, March 6, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, March 6, 1918

Cincinnati Enquirer, March 6, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, March 6, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 28, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 28, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 21, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 21, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, March 7, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, March 7, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 7, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 7, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, February 22, 1919
Cincinnati Enquirer, February 22, 1919
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 27, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 27, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 27, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 27, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 20, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 20, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, March 6, 1918
Cincinnati Enquirer, March 6, 1918

Sources

The Cincinnati Enquirer: Bandits Fatally Shoot Two, March 6, 1918; Last of Bandit Trio Identified by Chauffeur, March 7, 1918; Justice Looms Before Bandits, March 8, 1918; Lynching Is Feared By Prisoner, March 9, 1918; Transfer of Lawler to Be Sought, March 10, 1918; Formal Exoneration, March 12, 1918; Trail of $1,108 Bandit Loot, March 14, 1918; Courtroom Thronged, March 20, 1918; Kearney Trial Set, March 22, 1918; Kluemper Identifies Kearny, April 13, 1918; Jury views premises, April 14, 1918; Fight to Halt Death Penalty, April 15, 1918; Relate Incidents of Raid, April 25, 1918; Fails to Return Verdict, April 26, 1918; Death is Penalty in Verdict, April 27, 1918; Singing of Prisoners in Jail, May 20, 1918; Conspirator Passed Saws to the Bandits, May 21, 1918; Governor Offers Reward, May 24, 1918; Circular Describes Lawler, May 26, 1918; Gassed! Lawler Gives Up, May 27, 1918; Bandits are Removed to Prison, May 28, 1918; Verner Corbin Freed, December 25, 1918; Calmness is displayed by bandits, February 20, 1919; Bandits Are To Die “Game”, February 21, 1919; Silence Maintained by Bandits, February 22, 1919.