Gangsters, Outlaws and Mobsters

A Missouri History of Twentieth Century Crimes and Criminals

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When people think of organized crime, the cities of Chicago, Las Vegas, and New York come to mind, but the state of Missouri has produced a long list  of high profile criminals known across the nation. In fact, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonnie and Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly, and Fred “Killer” Burke—all high on the FBI’s most wanted list—had ties to the state.

In Gangsters, Outlaws and Mobsters – A Missouri History of Twentieth Century Crimes and Criminals, retired ATF agent and author David True details the true stories of the state’s most notorious criminals.

Missouri native David True, who grew up in the shadow of the St. Louis underworld, has compiled an exhaustive list of Missouri’s most notorious criminals based upon three decades of research and insider knowledge from investigating gangland crimes and criminals.

Read Gangsters, Outlaws and Mobsters and see the dark side of Missouri too disturbing to be discussed in travel guides!

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.
About The Author

David True  David True began his career as a public servant from 1966 to 1968 as an Explosives Ordnance Disposal Specialist (EOD) in the United States Army. From 1968 to 1971, he was a St. Louis Metropolitan police officer and detective, assigned to the Bomb and Arson Unit in the homicide division. He joined the ATF in 1971, assigned to the St. Louis and Kansas City offices, performing duties in various capacities as an agent and supervisor. He retired from ATF in 1997 after twenty-six years of service, and accepted a position as a corp Learn More about David True

“If you like factual crime history, particularly about Missouri crimes and criminals, you must read this book. In Gangsters, Outlaws and Mobsters, David True has done an excellent job of researching crime data in Missouri and turning it into a compelling read not just for ‘crime buffs’, but also the everyday reader. Dave True is a retired ATF agent, and intimate knowledge and a unique perspective that only comes from having been there. Don’t miss reading this book!”

-Richard Cook, retired Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission President and retired ATF Special Agent in Charge

“Rarely does a history book read like a page-turning crime novel, but that’s exactly what retired ATF Special Agent Dave True has accomplished with Gangsters, Outlaws, and Mobsters – A Missouri History of Twentieth Century Crimes and Criminals. Dave has compiled the most extensive collection of cases outlining the crimes of some of the country’s most notorious criminals of the 20th century with a connection to the state of Missouri. Written with the same attention to detail that Dave was known for as a case agent, this book could easily serve as a college criminology textbook as well as a ‘true-crime novel’. I look forward to reading his next book!”

-Mark S. James, former Director, Missouri Department of Public Safety; Chancellor, Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City; and retired ATF Special Agent in Charge

“David True has done a masterful job in telling “just the facts” in many tales of legendary criminals in Missouri’s history. These infamous events have been researched and the facts from police reports and interviews have shown that the glorious tales and folklore generated through the years were not far from the truth. Anyone who wants to relive this era of crime will find Gangsters, Outlaws, and Mobsters difficult to put down.”

-Dale Schmidt, Executive Director, Missouri Peace Officers Association (MPOA) and retired Major, Missouri State Highway Patrol

Book Details
Author: David True
Pages: 320 pages
Product Dimensions: 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-948901-87-1
Cover Type: Hardcover
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