Explore St. Paul’s dark past

The St. Paul Public Library is hosting five free events in October that will explore the gangster era during the Prohibition years of the early 20th century and the infamous murder case of Edward Phalen, one of the founding fathers of St. Paul.

The series begins at Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-4 p.m. when author Chad Lewis will talk about his book, The Minnesota Road Guide to Gangster Hot Spots.

Paul Maccabee will discuss what the gangster era in the Twin Cities on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2-4 p.m. at Hamline Midway Library, 1556 W. Minnehaha Ave.

Gary Brueggemann will discuss his book, Minnesota’s Oldest Murder Mystery: The Case of Edward Phalen, St. Paul’s Unsaintly Pioneer, at Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St., on Sunday, Oct. 13, 3-4:30 p.m.

Central Library will also host the film Spirits of St. Paul: The Gangster Era on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2- 4:30 p.m.

The True Crime series will wrap up at Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m. with author Elizabeth Johanneck presenting her book, Twin Cities Prohibition: Minnesota Blind Pigs and Bootleggers.

Find out more at www.sppl.org/true-crime.

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