this day in crime history: december 9, 1935


On this date in 1935, newspaperman Walter Liggett was murdered in an alley behind his home in Minneapolis. Liggett, editor and founder of a weekly newspaper called The Midwest American, published stories that exposed the links between government officials and organized crime. Liggett persisted, even after multiple warnings that included an assault and a trumped-up prosecution for a rape that never happened. On December 9th, Liggett’s enemies took action to silence him once and for all: they shot and killed him as he returned home from a shopping trip that evening. Liggett’s wife and 10 year old daughter witnessed the shooting. Mob boss Isadore “Kid Cann” Blumenfeld and one of his associates were identified as the shooters, but a (possibly intentionally) sloppy prosecution prevented their conviction.

Further reading:

“Hunt Gang in Slaying of Crusading Editor”Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 10, 1935

Stopping The Presses: The Murder Of Walter W. Liggett, by Marda Liggett Woodbury

Wikipedia – Walter Liggett

Wikipedia – Kid Cann

7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: december 9, 1935

  1. John D.:
    A link between organized crime and the government??/
    Surely Liggett was MISTAKEN (according to many liberals…lol).

    Damn shame…he seemed to be onto something.
    A very interesting man who died pursuing truth, justice and the American way.
    (sounds a like Superman).

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there, boss.


  2. I’m pretty sure that Whittaker Chambers talks about Liggett in his book, “Witness.” There were a bunch of commies running around back in those days. They didn’t hesitate to do away with people who got in the way of their agenda.


    • Liggett was a supporter of the Farmer-Labor Party, so communists would probably have viewed him as an ally. He only turned on the party when he saw that it had become corrupt. I guess they liked capitalism when it worked to their benefit. 🙂


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