The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation

The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation

Joe Urschel


It's 1933 and Prohibition has given upward push to the yank gangster--now notorious names like Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger. financial institution robberies at gunpoint are usual and kidnapping for ransom is the scourge of a lawless country. With neighborhood law enforcement officials unauthorized to pass kingdom traces in pursuit and no nationwide police strength, defense for kidnappers is simply a brief journey on again roads they recognize good from their bootlegging days. Gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly and his spouse, Kathryn, are the most celebrated criminals of the nice melancholy. With gin-running operations dealing with extinction and financial institution vaults with dwindling shops of money, Kelly units his attractions at the easy-money racket of kidnapping. His aim: wealthy oilman, Charles Urschel.

Enter J. Edgar Hoover, a determined Justice division bureaucrat who badly wishes a profitable prosecution to provoke the recent management and shop his activity. Hoover's brokers are given the only real authority to chase kidnappers throughout nation traces and while Kelly bungles the clutch activity, Hoover senses his sizeable chance. What follows is an exhilarating 20,000 mile chase over the again roads of Depression-era the USA, crossing sixteen country traces, and producing headlines throughout the United States alongside the way--a historic mystery/thriller for the ages.

Joe Urschel's The 12 months of Fear is an exhilarating real crime tale of gangsters and lawmen and the way an imprecise federal bureaucrat used this now mythical kidnapping case to release the FBI.

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