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The Charlie Birger Gang and Little Egypt


During the era of prohibition, bootleggers fought bloody turf battles over Southern Illinois. This episode explores the forgotten history of Charlie Birger, his gang, and the Shelton brothers.

This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provide illustration. As images of actual events are sometimes not available, images of similar objects and events are used for illustration.

This episode deals with a period of conflict. All events are portrayed in historical context and for educational purposes. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.


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