CRIME: Dodging Dynamiters

On the night of Dec. 12, 1926, two men rang the doorbell at the home of Joseph Adams, 300-pound mayor of West City, Ill. The mayor, incautious, unsuspecting, opened the door. His callers took hasty shots at the 300-pound target, ran for their machines, left Mayor Adams dying across his threshold. Now the State of Illinois holds Charles Birger, gunman, gangster, as accessory to the murder of Joe Adams.

With the imprisonment of Charles Birger, the two gangs which have for ten months terrorized the district in and around Williamson County, Ill.—"Bloody...

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