this day in crime history: november 29, 1933

On this date in 1933, the bound and mutilated body of outlaw Verne Miller was found just outside Detroit, MI. Miller, the chief suspect in the Kansas City Massacre, was a decorated World War I veteran and former lawman. After a short stint as sheriff of Beadle County, SD, Miller turned to a life of crime. He started out in bootlegging, then moved on to robbery. Eventually he wound up as a trigger man for organized crime. The list of people with motives to kill him was long, but Miller’s murder was never solved.

Further reading:

Wikipedia: Vernon C. Miller

FBI Famous Cases – Kansas City Massacre – Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd

Vern Miller—Sheriff, Moonshiner, Hit-man

Lawman to Outlaw: Verne Miller and the Kansas City Massacre, by Brad Smith

Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34, by Bryan Burrough

4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 29, 1933

  1. Al Lewis (best known as Grampa on The Munsters) played “Machine Gun Manny” a fictionalized version of Miller in an old movie about Pretty Boy Floyd. In that version, he is sentenced to death by an underworld tribunal for his actions in the Union Station Massacre. That is probably as good a motive as any; seeing how much heat the massacre generated from Hoover and the FBI.


  2. John D.:
    And one of the best “wheelmen” during that era.
    Surprised that NO ONE knows the real deal about Miller’s killing, either.

    Very good story.
    Roll safe out there.


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