By Rich Mole
In October 1935, 3 prairie farm boys launched into a dangerous path of theft and homicide that stretched throughout 3 western Canadian provinces and made newspaper headlines from coast to coast and as far-off as l. a.. through the tip of the spree, seven humans have been useless, together with the fugitives themselves and 4 law-enforcement officials. For the following 70 years, those Depression-era "farm-boy killers" held the excellence of being the RCMP's deadliest adversaries.
In Dirty Thirties Desperadoes, wealthy Mole recounts the complete tale of those younger males who accomplished notoriety as bandits and killers. In telling their story, and that of the boys who fought for his or her lives close to the gates of Banff nationwide Park, he additionally chronicles the commercial, social and political demanding situations of the good melancholy that grew to become males on either side of the legislation into sufferers.
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A few hours later, police raided the Ukrainian Labour Temple and a nearby church housing the wounded, certain they would find caches of firearms. But all they found was a group of perspiring women preparing turkey dinners and unarmed men sitting at tables ready to tuck into a yuletide feast. Thirty-two men and one particularly feisty woman were arrested. The next day, Gray and others patrolled the site of the madness the afternoon before, calmly walking their horses through the nearly deserted square.
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Gray heard a meaty smack. Slouched over his horse, Clive Holbrook shook his head and straightened up, his bloody chin wearing a rock’s imprint. He’d be tender for days, but he was the only riot-squad casualty. Many on foot—on both sides—were not so fortunate. Still, injuries were minor. A few hours later, police raided the Ukrainian Labour Temple and a nearby church housing the wounded, certain they would find caches of firearms. But all they found was a group of perspiring women preparing turkey dinners and unarmed men sitting at tables ready to tuck into a yuletide feast.