CRIME: Come In an' Git Me!

Colored folks in the sad and seedy rooming houses around Talman Avenue and West Washington Boulevard on Chicago's West Side had long since decided what to do about Ernest Craig: call the cops. Craig, a tall 28-year-old Negro with a thin mustache, a hard eye and a wild laugh, was a bad man to mess around with. He kept a collection of pistols in the two rooms he occupied in a run-down corner house and he was always firing them off or leaning out the windows and pointing them at people.

When a 17-year-old youth named Lawrence Mack knocked on his...

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