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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Contact: Liz Abram-Oldham, (573) 522-1009
Kander Announces Program on St. Louis Crime Chronicles
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program exploring the history of crime in St. Louis. The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. Author Bill Lhotka will be speaking about his new book, St. Louis Crime Chronicles: the First 200 Years, 1764-1964.
In the summer of 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's nomination for a second term as president was duly noted on the front pages of St. Louis newspapers, but gathering much bigger headlines that day was the indictment of St. Louis socialite Nellie Tipton Muench. Raised in Columbia, the daughter of a Confederate veteran and Baptist preacher, Nellie was accused of kidnapping, baby-snatching and fraud.
Lhotka will discuss Nellie's rise to infamy, as well as several other stories involving historic figures typically absent from books on crime, including Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone and Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Lhotka, a long-time St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, has combed through old police blotters and other records to uncover the stories of notorious crimes and criminals in local St. Louis history.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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