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THE SHOOTING U ARE TALKING ABOUT WAS jULY 28, 1948,,,tHE MAN KILLED WAS PEORIA'S PET "GANGSTER" BERNIE SHELTON. HE WAS NOTORIOUS...A PUNK...A THUG AND AN EX-CON. hE WAS NO MORE A REAL "GANGSTER" THAN THE MANY MEN THAT GAMBLED HERE IN pEORIA DURING THE pROHIBITION DAYS AND UNTIL 1946. HE WAS SHOT BY A SINGLE RIFLE SLUG TO THE SPLEEN AND DIED 40 MINUTES LATER IN THE HOSPITAL. HE CAME HERE IN 1940 AND MY BOOKS ARE LOADED WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIM. HE CERTAINLY WAS NOT CONNECTED WITH AL CAPONE AND DOES NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE CALIBER OF GANGSTER THAT CAPONE WAS. BERNIE IS BURIED HERE AND U CAN GET BOOKS ABOUT HIM IN OUR LIBRARY INCLUDING MINE. Lost in Yesterday's News Volume TWO<

Aug 26, 2007 - 03:43 pm
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Yeah, thats the guy. Guess I was wrong about the Al Capone connection.

Aug 26, 2007 - 03:56 pm
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Hey there! I was just wondering, I heard that Al Capone actually visited Peoria more than once. Is that true?

Aug 26, 2007 - 04:28 pm
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"organized crime"

Well, it's obvious that I haven't written any books. I was actually told it was Capone who hung out there, but I didn't have anything to go on except someone telling me "I heard..."

Ok, how about this one- there was a house on Knoxville right next to the Northmoor GC's 14th tee box which was recently torn down by Proctor Hospital. I played golf with a guy who claimed he helped build it and it contained double thick bullet proof walls and windows, hidden passageways and secret rooms. I will refrain from using the phrase "organized crime" and instead say "mob". He told me who it was built for, but it was many years ago and I completely forget. He could've been full of it, but he was a nice guy and I had no reason to doubt.

Aug 26, 2007 - 04:48 pm
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Why dont we all ge togeather on the peoria trolley and have Mr Historian give us the tour.

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Aug 26, 2007 - 06:22 pm
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My father and uncle were playing ball in Bradley park the day Bernie was shot. They thought the shot was a bus or car backfiring.

Aug 26, 2007 - 06:27 pm
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I have taught at Bradley...spoken at all of the service clubs
many retirement clubs and at the Apollo Theater. I will be there in October during the Film Noir Festival. All the
local radio stations that have talk hosts. 9-1-07 I will
be on Steve Tarter's show at 10:00 AM that is 1470 AM radio/
WOAM< We talk and he plays music...topic is "Cops and Robbers<"
I have spoken in numerous libraries and Lakeview Museums.
Some are public but many are private. My books are in the local libraries. Took a year off for eye problems. My next book is GENEIS: The Park Murders...probably this early winter. I take folks on tours of murders spots and generally have a good time. NK

Aug 26, 2007 - 07:20 pm
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Hi Brookster: I have a lovely granddaughter that I call Brookster..she is way off in a strange land called Iowa...
Al Capone was a bigger star that Elvis was...well he was way back in the 20's and 30's. He never set foot in our little burg. He was making over 150 million a year and certainly had
no reason to come here. And...he never did. Over the years I have had people swear to me that their grandfather saw him..or that he had a still here but that is all Myth.
Believe me if he so much as stopped here to gas up his car the newspaers would have made it front page news. Nope..
old Al never "Played in Peoria." And by the way that phrase is wrongly used as well.

Aug 26, 2007 - 07:34 pm
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Like all the rumors we hear there is a red line that is running thru them that is true...Hundreds of people have told me stories..I have checked them out..most are our grandfather's "Stories." I love them and beg people to tell me
theirs. The house you are talking about was one of the sad homes to be torn down by proctor...nine in all...what a shame. This house built by a major gambler in Peoria by the name of SNOOKS GORDON< Snooks was a very touch guy..hell he fought a couple of hundred amatuer fights..but under 140 pounds. He Was "Connected" as they say but with whom? Well he certainly knew our pet gangster Bernie Shelton..but Snooks had class....And $$$$$. He got in several fights..arrested for carrying a gun and charged with MURDER...He fought with
a man near Glen Oak Park..knocked him down and he died after stiking a street car track. Verdict...Not Guilty..He was said to have
handed his attorney Vic Michel (also peoria mayor) $10,000 in cash..but who really knows. That house u mentioned was NOT the one that was lined and protected as u say. Snooks did build a house for a gambler that was kidnapped in the 30's and yes...it was lined like a vault. So there///u have some of the rest of the story. NK

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No thanks...I did do a Happy Bus" tour of Peoria showing people where the murders took place. Of course we had booze. The peoria historical folks have no great interest in me...I rode their trolly once and had to get off so that I did not make a fool of myself disagreeing with them. They have wonderful facts on the old buildings...just no interest in the folks of old Peoria. Also their view of our Indian heritage is laughable...I also did a bike tour for the lakeview Bike club..pointing out murder scenes and took them to the Springdale cemetery..hey it even spooked me.

Aug 26, 2007 - 08:02 pm
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You are certainly correct...I wrote about these Bradley Park and cemetery witnesses in my book...It was major news for weeks here and changed or helped change our reputation from a wide open town to a 'gangster town' which was ridiculous.

Aug 26, 2007 - 08:13 pm
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When I started planning my move to Peoria from Springfield in 1995 my grandmother and Godmother (same age) were both very upset. They kept insisting that Peoria was a "Mob" town and that I would be lucky to survive here more than a month unless my boyfriend (whom I was moving in with) was a member of the "Mob" which was highly unlikely as he was from Beardstown.

To be honest I heard more talk around Springfield about "Organized Crime" and the "Mob" than I have ever heard here in Peoria. Some of the people I knew in Springfield I could have bought as being a member of the "Mob". I can't think of anyone off hand here in Peoria that is rumored to be connected to "Organized Crime".

Aug 26, 2007 - 10:49 pm
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Capone was in Lacon Il though which is just a little ways up the river.

Aug 27, 2007 - 09:00 am
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I was wondering what ever happen to David Hendricks from Morton, a terrible thing, and Roberta McCumber from Peoria ?

Aug 27, 2007 - 10:31 am
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tsl 1995
1995...in Peoria...wow...my books cover Peoria 1845 thru 1950...so I am little help to you. Peoria has NEVER been a dangerous town. In fact for the first 101 years of our
history we were known only as a "Wide Open Town" That meant
gambling and of course prostitution...which we had plenty of until 1946. '46 and '47 brought 7 murders that were referred to as gangland slayings...mainly by out of town papers...after that...you mention Peoria and the "Gangster tag" came with it. The FBI has rated us for years..."As safe or safer than any other city in the USA it's size." I'm glad u are here..and like every town there are dangerous spots...
but over all we are and have been a wonderful place to live..raise kids..and play in. NK

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