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Secrets of the Herrin Gangs
Secrets of the Herrin Gangs, Jon Musgrave, Ralph Johnson

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Secrets of the Herrin Gangs by Jon Musgrave and Ralph Johnson. At the end of the Gang war in January 1927, with the Sheltons in prison and Charlie Birger on his tail, Johnson decided to get out and cash out, selling his story first to the St Louis Star and then across the country in a 10 part series that ran coast to coast. Now for the first time, Johnson's account has been combined in one volume and updated.

Southern Illinois historian Jon Musgrave follows up the inside account and reveals the unassuming Benton gangster behind the Ralph Johnson alias. A salesman and writer by trade, the young gangster found himself at the center of the war between Carl Shelton and Charlie Birger. Musgrave uncovers his history from the Herrin Massacre to 1950's Reno, Nevada.
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