The Blond Who Pulled the Trigger

EYE FOR AN EYE

Exploring America’s criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty

The True Crime of Irene Schroeder

During the early days of the Great Depression, one patrolman is killed and another seriously wounded while trying to prevent a trio of bandits who had robbed a department store in Western Pennsylvania from making a getaway. The surviving officer said it was not one of the two men who killed his partner, but the woman of the group, a young blonde, who was using her four-year-old son as a shield in the getaway. The child, recovered a few days later at his grandfather’s house, confirmed the story, and a nationwide manhunt ends in the desert mountains near Phoenix, Arizona, where the blond and her companions shoot it out with police for six hours, until they run out of ammunition.

Music by Chuck Wiggins

Produced by Richard O Jones

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Arizona Republic, January 15, 1930 Source for prologue.
The Pittsburgh Press, December 27, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 27, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 27, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 27, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 28, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 28, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 28, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 28, 1929

 

The Pittsburgh Press, December 31, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 31, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 31, 1929
The Pittsburgh Press, December 31, 1929
Arizona Republic, January 15, 1930
Arizona Republic, January 15, 1930
Arizona Republic, January 15, 1930
Arizona Republic, January 15, 1930
Arizona Republic, January 15, 1930
Arizona Republic, January 15, 1930

 

The News Herald, January 17, 1930
The News Herald, January 17, 1930

 

True Detective Stories, September, 1930
True Detective Stories, September, 1930

 

The Pittsburgh Press, February 23, 1931
The Pittsburgh Press, February 23, 1931
The Pittsburgh Press, February 23, 1931
The Pittsburgh Press, February 23, 1931