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The ingenuity of college students should never be underestimated.  Especially college students desperate for booze, attention, and cash.  It’s doubtful that the Chicago PD was overly enthusiastic about searching for the College Kidnapers in the early 1930’s, but by 1934, they would be some of...

Christmas was never intended to be a sober holiday.  It’s a holiday meant for peppermint schnapps, gin that tastes like Christmas trees smell, and a shot of cinnamon something in the coffee while kids open Christmas presents.  So Christmas during Prohibition must have felt very...

Sadly, Chicago wasn’t the sole source of strange Prohibition stories during the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Other cities also had oddballs and fascinating stories, including Los Angeles.  Picture it, 1928 Los Angeles, California.  You receive the dreaded government-issued jury summons in the mail.  Maybe you’re not...

Evidently, Chicago had a slew of missing persons reported during Prohibition.  It seems that it was commonplace for critical witnesses for the prosecution to go missing just before they delivered much anticipated testimony.  Coincidence? Where was William Green?  Critical to the prosecution of Harry Rubenstein in...

The Volstead Act upended America and created a sexual, cultural, and economic shift that would last well past the demise of Prohibition.  But who was Volstead and why is he to blame for the dry years of Prohibition? Representative Andrew Volstead was, perhaps, the author of...

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