60 years later, gang leader's slaying...

60 years later, gang leader's slaying still unsolved

There are 1216 comments on the Journal Star story from Oct 23, 2007, titled 60 years later, gang leader's slaying still unsolved. In it, Journal Star reports that:

“Shelton, 60 (actually, he was 59), was blasted out of a Jeep by machine-gun slugs fired by the gunmen from a black Sedan on a country road near his rich farmlands”

Few Peorians likely recognize the once-infamous name. Even fewer recall the swift and violent end of Carl Shelton as he traveled near Fairfield. via Journal Star

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Scott

Fort Wayne, IN

#569 Dec 1, 2010
Big Phil wrote:
Ruthie...Buster was worth Millions, he had the whole southeren Illinois , and part of St. louis.....did you read my post?? Buster diddnt want Carl back down in his area,
If Buster had so much money and thee S. ILL. territory was his, why would the bounty money come from Chicago?
Karen Rogers

Belleville, IL

#570 Dec 1, 2010
Mona Hall wrote:
<quoted text> I think the body guards fled and went back to Roy's farm house, got in a vehicle, went to the bridge to get the jeep, took it back to Roy's, then went to town.
When to town in which vehicle?
Jim Wagner

United States

#572 Dec 1, 2010
Tax Man wrote:
<quoted text>Hard to verify this.
""Crime paid handsomely for the Sheltons. Their empire stretched from Cairo in the south to Peoria in the north, which became the dividing line between Chicago and East St. Louis syndicates. The Shelton organization grossed $4.75 million in 1930 alone, and $1.9 million of that was pure profit.""
Any idea of how much money Carl Shelton should of had at the time of his death?
Ruthie Shelton

Jacksonville, FL

#574 Dec 1, 2010
Why was Uncle Roy killed? Was he mistaken for Uncle Earl?
Big Phil

King George, VA

#575 Dec 1, 2010
-this is news to me >>>>a young Frank "Buster" Wortman - was doing time in Alcatraz for killing a law enforcement officer.<<<<< <<<<
.........My story .Buster was in Levenworth for beating up a Federal law officer while cooking mash at a Still..... Levenworth...thats where he met Charlie Harris
Big Phil

King George, VA

#578 Dec 1, 2010
Ruthie, it was NO mistake it was a calculated cold blooded murder, by a cold blooded killer
Big Phil

King George, VA

#579 Dec 1, 2010
I think this is to be true In 1933, a federal agent was beaten during a raid on one of the Shelton's distilleries, which he had been guarding. Wortman was taken into custody along with Monroe "Blackie" Armes. The two were convicted of assault and sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Wortman served his sentence from 1934 to 1941, gaining an early release. Contrary to sensationalized reporting and stories over the years, Wortman did not serve any time in Alcatraz prison.but i would like to know others point of view
Big Phil

King George, VA

#580 Dec 1, 2010
Following his release in 1941, Wortman briefly worked as a steamfitter before organizing an army of gunmen whose ranks included "Black" Charlie Harris,who was serving 12 years for passing counterfitting money , and there he met Buster at levenworth ,, Elmer Sylvester "Dutch" Dowling and brothers Monroe and Tony Armes. He then launched a campaign to drive the Sheltons from southern Illinois
Ruthie Shelton

Jacksonville, FL

#585 Dec 2, 2010
Tax Man wrote:
Based on this I'd say Wortman was not at Alcatraz.
((( http://www.archives.gov/pacific/archives/san-... )))
Most Internet information was never sourced, it's been copied, plagiarized and cloned over and over on most web sites. If one get's it wrong / right they do.
Tax Man, Could you please e-mail me. [email protected] Thanks, Ruthie
Big Phil

King George, VA

#586 Dec 2, 2010
Here is a good truthful read, now with this it seems my theory was close to right, but my theory took days and some talking to people that were ready to talk......http://ganglandchica go-offthecuff.blogspot.com/201 0/09/outfits-downstate-boss.ht ml
Big Phil

King George, VA

#587 Dec 2, 2010
Only thing isssss.. i say at the ambush...... and i was told it was not suppose to happen that morning that it was a coinsidence,,,,what ever.....it did happen and i still say there was pondcreekers involved ,by coinsidence maybe, or mayby Planned, i contend that what really brought it about, was the Bullying by the shealtons, beatings shooting and strongarming, is what finnaly was the last straw,
Big Phil

King George, VA

#588 Dec 2, 2010
English, spelling and typing are not among my strong suits
Will Dixon

Salem, MO

#589 Dec 2, 2010
Frank Epplesheimer was at Alcatraz, Buster Wortman was never there.
Big Phil

King George, VA

#590 Dec 2, 2010
DUHHHH... i just had to say that .no offence
Big Phil

King George, VA

#591 Dec 2, 2010
i think everyone should know who Killed Carl.......just who shot first and how many bystanders is all...... who... what... how??has been answered .....
Robert

United States

#592 Dec 2, 2010
Big Phil wrote:
i think everyone should know who Killed Carl.......just who shot first and how many bystanders is all...... who... what... how??has been answered .....
Is there anyone on this forum who actually knows who killed Carl? You said you thought everyone should know who killed Carl. So does this mean you don't know since you have not said?
Dave

Carmi, IL

#593 Dec 2, 2010
Ruthie is mentioned in the Fairfield paper today. Says that she is writing a book that may be out in the spring. Same story says that they will have a book signing in Fairfield this coming tuesday for "Secrets of the Herrin Gangs".
Big Phil

King George, VA

#594 Dec 2, 2010
Robert?? one would have to be there at the time of the shooting to know .... dont you think????
Alan

United States

#595 Dec 2, 2010
Big Phil wrote:
Only thing isssss.. i say at the ambush...... and i was told it was not suppose to happen that morning that it was a coinsidence,,,,what ever.....it did happen and i still say there was pondcreekers involved ,by coinsidence maybe, or mayby Planned, i contend that what really brought it about, was the Bullying by the shealtons, beatings shooting and strongarming, is what finnaly was the last straw,
I agree and I was also told it was not suppose to happen that morning. Big Phil have you ever heard from any sorce that the gangster's were pulled in the lane by the bridge with car trouble?
Big Phil

King George, VA

#596 Dec 2, 2010
there was a vehical with mechical problems, had been fixed the night befor the so called ambush just came about at the bridge by coincidence, and some pondcreekers just so happened to be there, was one stroy i was told, by someone related to a man that was a good mechanic ,although he was'nt there hemself, I though that that statment made sence, but i was told a lot of things that diddnt, so i just theorized

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