Black and white scan of a reward poster for Alvin Karpis and Fred Barker, c.1936.

Reward poster for Alvin Karpis and Fred Barker

Reward poster for Alvin Karpis and Fred Barker, c.1936.

Black and white photograph of a man selling a newspaper with headline related to Bremer kidnapping, 1935.

Man selling newspaper with headline related to Bremer kidnapping

Man selling newspaper with headline related to Bremer kidnapping, 1935.

Black and white photograph of Evelyn "Billie" Frechette. John Dillinger's girlfriend, 1934. Photographed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Evelyn "Billie" Frechette

Evelyn "Billie" Frechette. John Dillinger's girlfriend, 1934. Photographed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Black and white scan of John Dillinger criminal file, c.1934.

John Dillinger criminal file

John Dillinger criminal file, c.1934.

Black and white photograph of investigators at the Theodore Hamm home, 671 Greenbrier, St. Paul, following the kidnapping of William Hamm Jr., 1933.

Investigators at the Theodore Hamm home

Investigators at the Theodore Hamm home, 671 Greenbrier, St. Paul, following the kidnapping of William Hamm Jr., 1933.

Black and white photograph of Fred Barker, 1931. Photographed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Fred Barker

Fred Barker, 1931. Photographed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Color scan of a Wanted for Bank Robbery poster, 1930.

Wanted for Bank Robbery poster

Wanted for Bank Robbery poster, 1930.

Gangster Era in St. Paul, 1900–1936

St. Paul in the late 1920s and early 1930s was known as a “‘crooks’ haven”—a place for gangsters, bank robbers, and bootleggers from all over the Midwest to run their operations or to hide from the FBI. The concentration of local organized crime activity prompted reformers and crime reporters to call for a “cleanup” of the city in the mid-1930s.

Black and white photograph of a street scene in the University District of Minneapolis, c.1920s.

Minneapolis street scene near the University of Minnesota

Street scene in the University District of Minneapolis, c.1920s.

Black and white photograph of Houses being moved, undated.

Houses being moved, probably at the University of Minnesota for campus expansion

Houses being moved, undated. The style and vintage of the homes indicate they were located in the University District.

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