Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

24/10/2007

ALCATRAZ ERNIE

In the early 1930s, during The Great Depression, names like John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelley and the like were well known. It was an era of escalating bank robberies and kidnappings. Hometown folks saw these villains more as modern-day Robin Hoods than as criminals, but, in 1933. J. Edgar Hoover formed what is today the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. government declared that bank robbery and kidnapping henceforth would be federal crimes. Another move the U.S. government made at that time was to create a federal penitentiary to house “the worst” of America’s criminals — Alcatraz. for more click here

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