CRIME: Miracle Man

If you hungered for an automobile and couldn't get one, Robert L. Knetzer was the man to see. At the famine's wartime worst and later, when the new models appeared, townsfolk of Edwardsville, Il11. (pop. 8,100) noticed that strapping Bob Knetzer was a miracle man at finding cars for people with cash. What's more, he sold them at list price, and delivered them in 30 to 90 days. All he demanded was a deposit of at least $1,000. Cadillacs and Chevrolets were his specialties.

News of Bob Knetzer's magic formula spread quickly beyond Southern Illinois' coal and farm country. St. Louis...

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