Milestones, Dec. 19, 1938

Died. Gaston Bullock Means, 59, notorious national rascal, onetime Secret Service operator and private detective; of a heart attack; in Springfield, Mo., where he had been taken from Leavenworth Penitentiary for an operation. Born in North Carolina, Gaston Means at ten rode around the country eavesdropping on prospective jurors for his attorney-father. He joined the William J. Burns Detective Agency in 1910, then became a German spy, was later tried and acquitted of murdering a client. When the Bureau of Investigation hired him for War fraud investigations, he helped block them instead. Discharged, he...

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