A Knight of Another Sort

Enhanced by newly discovered photographs and a new chapter, the second edition of A Knight of Another Sort brings Birger and his bloody era vividly to life.

Author: Gary DeNeal

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809322176

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

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In 1913 Charlie Birger began his career as a bootlegger, supplying southern Illinois with whiskey and beer. He was charismatic, with an easygoing manner and a cavalier generosity that made him popular. The stuff of legend, he was part monster, part Robin Hood. In the early days, he would emerge from his restaurant/saloon in tiny Ledford in Saline County with a cigar box full of coins and throw handfuls in the air for the children. Echoing the consensus on Birger, an anonymous gang member called him "enigmatic," noting that "he had a wonderful quality, a heart of gold. There in Harrisburg sometimes he'd support twelve or fifteen families, buy coal, groceries. . . . [But] he had cold eyes, a killer's eyes. He would kill you for something somebody else would punch you in the nose for." Drawing from the colorful cast of the living, the dead, and the soon-to-be-dead—a state shared by many associated with Birger and his enemies, the Shelton gang—DeNeal re-creates Prohibition-era southern Illinois. He depicts the fatal shootout between S. Glenn Young and Ora Thomas, the battle on the Herrin Masonic Temple lawn in which six were slain and the Ku Klux Klan crushed, and the wounding of Williamson County state's attorney Arlie O. Boswell. As the gang wars escalated and the roster of corpses lengthened, the gangsters embraced technology. The Sheltons bombed Birger's roadhouse, Shady Rest, from a single-engine airplane. Both Birger and the Sheltons used armored vehicles to intimidate their enemies, and the chatter of machine gun fire grew common. The gang wars ended with massive arrests, trials, and convictions of gangsters who once had seemed invincible. Charlie Birger was convicted of the murder of West City mayor Joe Adams and sentenced to death. On April 19, 1928, he stood on the gallows looking down on the large crowd that had come to see him die. "It's a beautiful world," Birger said softly as he prepared to leave it.

A Knight of Another Sort

Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger, Second Edition Gary DeNeal ... [ A Knight of Another Sort ] has the authenticity that comes from expert scholarship ; the reading pleasure that comes from a fine writing talent ; and the insights and ...

Author: Gary DeNeal

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809322161

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

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In 1913 Charlie Birger began his career as a bootlegger, supplying southern Illinois with whiskey and beer. He was charismatic, with an easygoing manner and a cavalier generosity that made him popular. The stuff of legend, he was part monster, part Robin Hood. In the early days, he would emerge from his restaurant/saloon in tiny Ledford in Saline County with a cigar box full of coins and throw handfuls in the air for the children. Echoing the consensus on Birger, an anonymous gang member called him "enigmatic," noting that "he had a wonderful quality, a heart of gold. There in Harrisburg sometimes he'd support twelve or fifteen families, buy coal, groceries. . . . [But] he had cold eyes, a killer's eyes. He would kill you for something somebody else would punch you in the nose for." Drawing from the colorful cast of the living, the dead, and the soon-to-be-dead—a state shared by many associated with Birger and his enemies, the Shelton gang—DeNeal re-creates Prohibition-era southern Illinois. He depicts the fatal shootout between S. Glenn Young and Ora Thomas, the battle on the Herrin Masonic Temple lawn in which six were slain and the Ku Klux Klan crushed, and the wounding of Williamson County state's attorney Arlie O. Boswell. As the gang wars escalated and the roster of corpses lengthened, the gangsters embraced technology. The Sheltons bombed Birger's roadhouse, Shady Rest, from a single-engine airplane. Both Birger and the Sheltons used armored vehicles to intimidate their enemies, and the chatter of machine gun fire grew common. The gang wars ended with massive arrests, trials, and convictions of gangsters who once had seemed invincible. Charlie Birger was convicted of the murder of West City mayor Joe Adams and sentenced to death. On April 19, 1928, he stood on the gallows looking down on the large crowd that had come to see him die. "It's a beautiful world," Birger said softly as he prepared to leave it.

Herrin

DeNeal, A Knight of Another Sort, 115. 274. Ibid., 119–20; Angle, Bloody Williamson, 207–8. 275. DeNeal, A Knight of Another Sort, 121–23; Angle, Bloody Williamson, 226– 27. 276. DeNeal, A Knight of Another Sort, 130–31; Angle, ...

Author: John Griswold

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781625843197

Category: Photography

Page: 160

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Herrin, Illinois, has seen many dramatic events unfold in the nearly two hundred years since it was a bell-shaped prairie on the frontier. Now, Herrin native John Griswold, a writer and teacher at the University of Illinois, provides the first comprehensive history of this most American city, a place that in its time became not just a melting pot, but a cauldron. Discover why the coal was so good in the “Quality Circle” and what happened to the boom that followed its discovery. Explore the roots of the vicious Herrin Massacre of 1922 and learn why the entire nation has focused its gaze on this small Midwestern city so many times. Incorporating the most recent scholarship, interviews, and classic histories and narratives, this brief and entertaining history is illustrated with more than seventy-five archival photos that help tell this important American story.

American Murder

Its shelves held books about the history of southern Illinois, titles like Bloody Williamson, My Fight with the Ku Klux Klan, and A Knight of Another Sort: Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger. On one wall Nolen had hung a photograph of ...

Author: Darcy O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504047173

Category: True Crime

Page: 1632

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Three riveting accounts of horrific crimes and the twisted minds behind them by an Edgar Award–winning author, in one volume. A father’s ultimate betrayal, a savage killing spree that terrorized Los Angeles, and the brutal slaying of a rich man’s college-aged daughter. In this heart-stopping true crime collection, New York Times–bestselling author Darcy O’Brien uncovers the dark underside of the American dream. Murder in Little Egypt: Dr. John Dale Cavaness selflessly attended to the needs of his small, southern Illinois community. But when Cavaness was charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984, a radically different portrait of the physician and surgeon emerged. Throughout the three decades he had basked in the admiration and respect of the people of Little Egypt, Cavaness was privately terrorizing his family, abusing his employees, and making disastrous financial investments. In this New York Times bestseller, as more and more grisly details come to light, so too does rural America’s heritage of blood and violence become clear. The Hillside Stranglers: For weeks, the body count of sexually violated, brutally murdered young women escalated. With increasing alarm, Los Angeles newspapers headlined the deeds of a serial killer they named the Hillside Strangler. But not until January 1979, more than a year later, would the mysterious disappearance of two university students near Seattle lead police to the arrest of a security guard—the handsome, charming, fast-talking Kenny Bianchi—and the discovery that the strangler was not one man but two. The Hillside Stranglers is the disturbing portrait of a city held hostage by fear and a pair of psychopaths whose lust was as insatiable as their hate. A Dark and Bloody Ground: On a sweltering evening in August 1985, three men breached Roscoe Acker’s alarm and security systems, stabbed his daughter to death, and made off with over $1.9 million in cash. The killers were part of a hillbilly gang led by Sherry Sheets Hodge, a former prison guard, and her husband, lifetime criminal Benny Hodge. The stolen money came in handy shortly afterward, when they used it to lure Kentucky’s most flamboyant lawyer, Lester Burns, into representing them. “The smell of wet, coal-laden earth, white lightning, and cocaine-driven sweat rises from these marvelously atmospheric—and compelling—pages” (Kirkus Reviews).

Crossroads

The book claimed Egypt was second only to Harlan County , Kentucky , another “ bloody ” coal mining region , as the ... 3 Gary DeNeal , A Knight of Another Sort : Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger ( Carbondale : Southern Illinois ...

Author: Ted Olson

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0865549788

Category: Literary Criticism

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CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual is a publication dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and artistic appreciation of the South (broadly defined) and Southern culture. The material in the second volume of CrossRoads explores such topics as Southern language, literature, visual art, music, and food, and features scholarly work, compelling creative work, and visual arts. Original.

The New World of Words Or Universal English Dictionary Containing an Account of the Original Or Proper Sense and Various Significations of All Hard Words Derived from Other Languages Together with a Brief Explication of All Terms Relating to Any of the Arts and Sciences To which is Added the Interpretation of Proper Names of Men and Women Compiled by Edward Phillips Gent

They take their Poffeffions were given to the Knights of St. john Place of Knights Batchelors , but come after Baronets . of Ferusalem , and other Religious Orders . knights of the Carpet , are another sort of knights of the Shire ...

Author: John Kersey

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433002977779

Category: English language

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The new world of English words

Knight of the Bath , an Order of Knights Knights of the Timple , or Knights Temcreated within the lists of the Bath ... Christ , entertained Christian strangers and Knights of the Carpet , are another sort Pilgrims charitably ; and in ...

Author: Edward Phillips

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0022442519

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The New State of England Under Our Present Sovereign Queen Anne In Three Parts The Dedication Signed Guy Miege The Fourth Editition sic with a Supplement of the New Established Officers in Church and State to September 1702

And all the Ceremony used in their Creacion is their Kneeling down before the King , and His Majetty's lightly touching them on the Shoulder with a neked Sword . Anciently there was another Sort of Knights now difused , t Knights ...

Author: Guy Miege

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0022120120

Category: Almanacs, English

Page: 550

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A Knight s Vow

If she secretly had dreamed of another sort of greeting, it had gone the way of all her other dreams, and she accepted his blunt acknowledgment as a harbinger of what was to come: vows made by duty. What else did she expect when she had ...

Author: Lynn Kurland

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101161906

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Fantasies are made of knights in shining armor. Men whose ferocity in battle was tempered by a code of chivalry…whose passions brought them to their knees before the women they desired…whose loyalty and honor never wavered—and whose vows were never broken. These are the men of our dreams—and now you can find them in four breathtaking Medieval tales by today’s most acclaimed writers of historical romance... In Lynn Kurland's "The Traveller," a bedraggled knight makes a solemn vow to protect, defend, and rescue any and all maidens in distress—even those from Manhattan. A vow to marry for love transforms a marquis into a minstrel who must sing for his supper—and for a woman whose heart is true in Patricia Potter's "The Minstrel." In Deborah Simmons' "The Bachelor Knight," a forgotten vow comes back to haunt the greatest knight in all the land, when a fair maiden asks for his hand in marriage. Trapped underground with his unwilling betrothed, a determined knight vows to free her—body and soul in Glynnis Campbell's "The Siege."

Another Sort of Learning

Noting the widespread concern about the quality of education in our schools, Schall examines what is taught and read (and not read) in these schools.

Author: James V. Schall

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9780898701838

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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Noting the widespread concern about the quality of education in our schools, Schall examines what is taught and read (and not read) in these schools. He questions the fundamental premises in our culture which do not allow truth to be considered. Schall lists various important books to read, and why.

Three Last Plays Sancho s Master

Sancho: If he did, they had a queer way of showing their thanks. Eaten bread is soon forgotten. And at his first start he has got more kicks than ha'pence. It's likely he is another sort of knight from those now in fashion.

Author: Lady Augusta Gregory

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4064066369927

Category: Drama

Page: 52

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"Three Last Plays: Sancho's Master" by Lady Augusta Gregory. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Holy State and the Profane State

... and , with her smiles , did not only press but pay all carpet - knights * and amorous persons to be of her party . ... efeti * laste he bo According to Phillips and KERSEY : “ Knights of the carpet are another sort of knights ...

Author: Thomas Fuller

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:600053693

Category: Biography

Page: 463

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The Gentleman s Magazine

... before the pirations — the romances of chivalry . altar of the Virgin , constantly in prayer , Those brought to him now were the and devoting himself as a knight to lives of heroes of another sort — the Jesus and his mother Mary .

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ISBN: UOM:39015030568870

Category: Early English newspapers

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The "Gentleman's magazine" section is a digest of selections from the weekly press; the "(Trader's) monthly intelligencer" section consists of news (foreign and domestic), vital statistics, a register of the month's new publications, and a calendar of forthcoming trade fairs.