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Dying for a drink : how a prohibition preacher got away with murder / Patrick Brode.

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Location: Fennell STACKS HV5091.C2 B76 2018
Barcode: 30731101233819
Status: Available

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781771962681
  • ISBN: 1771962682
  • Physical Description: 214 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, [2018]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-207) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"Known to history as "The Fighting Parson," Reverend J.O.L. Spracklin broke into a notorious Windsor roadhouse one chilly November night in 1920 and shot and killed barkeep Beverly "Babe" Trumble. He never served a day of time, easily being acquitted in his trial for self-defense. A provincial liquor license inspector already known for his brash tactics, Spracklin's unabashed carnage solidified across North America the Detroit-Windsor borderlands' reputation as the new Wild West--where whisky flowed freely, warrants were forged on the spot, and ministers toted guns to keep the peace. To the rest of Ontario, a dry province, Spracklin had been the saviour they had been waiting for, the answer to the lawlessness of the Border Cities--that is, until he shot a man at point blank range. In this exploration of the period, decorated Ontario historian Patrick Brode unpacks this infamous piece of Prohibition lore and asks: Why did Babe Trumble die? What led to a hotheaded reverend taking the law into his own hands, killing a man, and getting away with it? Full of fire-and-brimstone preachers, crooked politicians, wily rum runners, grandstanding lawyers, and innocents caught in the cross-fire, Why Babe Trumble Died is a fascinating read that will engross anyone curious about deeper stories behind this fabled time."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Spracklin, Joseph Oswald Leslie, 1886-1960.
Trumble, Beverly > Death and burial.
Prohibition > Ontario > History > 20th century.
Temperance > Ontario > Windsor > History > 20th century.
Murder > Ontario > Windsor > History > 20th century.
Alcohol trafficking > Ontario > Windsor > History > 20th century.
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