this day in crime history: june 15, 1933


On this date in 1933, William Hamm Jr., heir to the Hamm’s Brewery, was kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang in St. Paul, MN. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $100,000, which they received. After the ransom was paid, Hamm was released near Wyoming, MN.

The Barker-Karpis gang’s crime spree would continue as the government arrested and unsuccessfully prosecuted Chicago bootlegger Roger Touhy and members of his gang (thanks to informants working for Touhy’s rival, Al Capone). The true culprits were eventually located and prosecuted, thanks in large part to the emerging forensic science of latent fingerprint examination.

Further reading:

FBI – Barker/Karpis Gang

Placeography – Hamm Brewery, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Wikipedia – Alvin Karpis

One thought on “this day in crime history: june 15, 1933

  1. The government SUCCESSFULLY prosecuted Roger Touhy. He ended up serving over 20 years. Only problem was, he didn’t do it.
    Shortly after he was released (in 1957, I think), he announced plans to write a book naming the true kidnappers and was subsequently murdered. You’ll be shocked to know that his murder remains unsolved.

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