The Gangster Chronicles Book Two
A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism
The second volume of The Gangster Chronicles explores one of the many side effects of the Great Experiment, America’s Prohibition on alcohol.
I’ve often contended that Prohibition made criminals out of a lot of ordinary people who just wanted to drink and serve drinks. But it also gave some truly bad men an opportunity to misbehave.
Although he had one of the worst nicknames names ever, Raymond “Crane Neck” Nugent, was one of the most ruthless of the era’s gangsters.
Before his own demise, Nugent would be suspected in at least 15 high-profile murders, including the most famous gangland massacre of the Prohibition era. Yeah, he was probably one of the guns at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Chapter 1: What the Cab Driver Forgot
Charged with the murder of Bob Schief outside Farley’s Cafe in the “Jungle” district of Hamilton, Ohio, Crane Neck Nugent, 25, and co-defendant John “Todd” Messner stand trial, but the judge directs a not-guilty verdict when the state’s chief witness changes his testimony.
Chapter 2: Cincinnati Bootlegger War: Crane Neck’s Early Hits
The gangsters are falling like dominoes in Cincinnati and Hamilton. Gus Fitch, Bob Sollick, Glenn Hiatt and Martin Dailey are among the victims of Crane Neck Nugent and his partner Bob “The Fox” Zwick. In the meantime, the gangster Jack Parker shoots and kills the aspiring boxer Buddy Ryan in an argument over a woman.