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Explore Saint Paul’s Dark Past at These True Crime Events

Date: Sep 12th, 2013

Saint Paul Public Library is hosting five free True Crime events this October exploring the gangster era during the Prohibition years of the early 20th century as well as the infamous murder case of Edward Phalen, one of the founding fathers of the City of Saint Paul.

The series begins at Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave, St. Paul, 55119, on Saturday, October 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. when author Chad Lewis discusses his book, "The Minnesota Road Guide to Gangster Hot Spots."

On Saturday, October 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Hamline Midway Library, 1556 W Minnehaha Ave, St. Paul, 55104, Paul Maccabee describes what the gangster era in the Twin Cities looked like from 1920 to 1936. Maccabee will discuss the lives of Ma Barker, John Dillinger, and other gangsters, gun molls, and g-men.

Gary Brueggemann discusses his book, "Minnesota's Oldest Murder Mystery: The Case of Edward Phalen, St. Paul's Unsaintly Pioneer" at Central Library, 90 w 4th St, St. Paul, 55102, on Sunday, October 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Central Library will also host the film, "Spirits of Saint Paul: The Gangster Era" on Sunday, October 20, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Local filmmaker Gary Crask shows the role Saint Paul played in American gangster history as a safe harbor for some of the nation's most notorious criminals.

The True Crime series wraps up at Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Ave, St. Paul, 55106, on Saturday, October 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. with author Elizabeth Johanneck presenting her book, "Twin City Prohibition: Minnesota Blind Pigs and Bootleggers."

These True Crime events are made possible with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more info call 651-266-7000, or visit