St. Paul, Gangsters and 75 Year Old Unsolved Murders

77 years ago yesterday, Danny Hogan climbed into his Paige coup in the garage and started it. His life was ended by a bomb that went off at that moment. To this day, no one knows exactly who was responsible. However, the recent Star Tribune story on his death serves as an interesting reminder of St. Paul’s gangster past. Hogan owned one of the speakeasies that flourished here during Prohibition. St. Paul’s police chief basically granted amnesty to the gangsters as long as they comitted their crimes elsewhere, making the city a bigtime hangout for them to spend their ill-gotten gains.

If this is the first time you’ve ever heard this part of St. Paul’s past, you may want to look into it. It might make you rethink the concept of “Minnesota Nice”. I’ve never gotten around to taking it myself (maybe this will prompt me to remedy that situation), but the Wabasha Street Caves have a Gangster Tour that shows you the places this stuff happened. I’ve taken tours like this in other cities and they’ve always proven interesting.

1 Comment so far

  1. John Koblas (unregistered) on December 13th, 2005 @ 7:39 pm

    In St. Paul, numerous high-profile criminals roamed freely about their favorite restaurants and nightclubs, such as Castle Royal, the Boulevards of Paris and Coliseum ballrooms, and the Hollyhocks Club casino, while the city

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