By Tim Mahoney
One of the most deadly criminals of the general public enemies period was once a guy who has lengthy hidden in history’s shadows: Tom Brown. within the early Thirties, whereas he was once police leader of St. Paul, Minnesota, Brown turned a mystery companion of the notorious Barker gang. He profited from their violent crimes, he safe the group from raids via the nascent FBI—and whereas he did all this, the gangsters gunned down police officers and voters in his hometown.
Big Tom Brown, 6'5" and 275 kilos, endured to implement St. Paul’s corrupt O’Connor method, permitting criminals to stick within the urban so long as they paid off the police officers and dedicated no crimes inside fifty miles. yet within the early Thirties, the process broke down: not supported by way of money skimmed from unlawful booze, gangsters became to robbing banks, and the Barker gang abducted of the well-liked voters who were complicit within the liquor exchange. Brown was once the insider who stored the criminals safe—but for hugely political purposes, he was once by no means convicted of his crimes.
Timothy Mahoney tells this attention-grabbing tale, info how the fraud was once exposed, and finally exposes the corruption of a mystery partnership.