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

60 years later, gang leader's slaying still unsolved

There are 1218 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

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Journal Star.

EDWARD D PAUL

Severn, MD

#50 Mar 6, 2009
Dazhavu752 wrote:
I was wondering if any of you knew Charlies niece Veeda Paul (harris)
I AM HER SON
harris-ment

United States

#51 Mar 6, 2009
I am their mothers, songs fathers uncles brothers sisters nephew, but through marriage.
Kim

Philadelphia, PA

#52 Mar 6, 2009
Hey this is Kim again. I wrote a comment on here several months back about blackie harris. I actually know and am good friends with some of his family now. I still havent stumbled across any information that would be interesting, or not otherwise known about on the internet or newspapers. My email is [email protected] If anyone knows anything informative about Charlie Harris. Thank you
tso

United States

#53 Mar 12, 2009
Guest

Enville, TN

#54 Mar 16, 2009
ahhhhh
Sarah

United States

#55 Mar 27, 2009
We are having a reunion for the Harris family in June and would appreciate any info, pictures, etc to share at the reunion. My email is [email protected]

Thanks!!

Since: Mar 09

United States

#57 May 3, 2009
Hi everyone,
The maiden name of Betty Newton talked about earlier on here is Betty Shockley. I know her daughter and she told me this the other day. Told her of this site so maybe she will put some stories in here for you all.
Thanx,
Raggirl
mikala harris

Bartlesville, OK

#59 Jun 4, 2009
any books or websites you could think of about him would be much appreciated... im just trying to fill the gap in the family history
mikala harris

Bartlesville, OK

#60 Jun 4, 2009
im a relative of blackie.. id love to hear more about him.. for as long as i can remember he's been the families dark secret.. nobody talks about him even though there is an FBI wanted poster of him in the family history that my dad keeps.. ive been doing research on him and id like to know EVERYTHING i can so i can finally stop wondering what my own family is keeping from me
tso

Dunfermline, IL

#61 Jun 5, 2009
wasn't there a younger Shelton brother that wasn't mixed in with the gang?

i think i met him along in the early 60s. he had 2 sons but i don't recall their names either, but all 3 lived in peoria.

his sons would be in their mid 60s. worked for WABCO i believe

Since: Jun 09

Broomall, PA

#62 Jun 20, 2009
I am Shannon Fry, I am Kim Doziers fiance, and I have lived in Wayne County for all but 2 of my 38 yrs, with much of that having been in Pond Creek. I know the area and it's history pretty well. I am wondering if Gary Harris is the same one that lived in Fairfield from the 80's til early 2000's and operated O & M services. If so, I worked for him and I can tell you that the man wouldn't lie at gunpoint. Comically though, he, like his grandfather, was usually equipped with at least 2 guns on his person at all times. If it is the same guy mind you.
As for books, Try Brothers Notorious, a very good read with lots of great pics and info about the Sheltons, Charlie Harris, and Charlie Birger who was another notorious outlaw from Harrisburg Il. with whom the Sheltons had business ties but later on had a severe falling out much like with Charles "Blackie" Harris. Another good read concerning all of this is Charlie and the Shawneetown Dame. The Dame in point would be Helen Holbrook Richardson, a wealthy, Shawneetown socialite with blonde hair and stunningly good looks. My late grandfather, Noble Fry, never said much but when he did, it was usually worth hearing. Late in life, he told of his youth and how his father had kept horses for the Sheltons (they loved animals and owned many throughout their lives, especially Carl and Bernie)and that they used to bring their girlfriends out to his farm north of Fairfield to ride the horses and show off and shoot their guns. They would give Grandpa a silver dollar to clean their cars. Big money back then. He remembered vividly a certain Blonde from down south somewhere but couldn't recall her name. When I mentioned Helen Holbrook Richardson, he said "yes, that was it. I think she lived on a rivertown and was very rich but caused trouble between Carl (Shelton) and Charlie (Birger)". This is also true, although she was certainly not the only mitigating factor in their falling out, she was indeed, an aggravating one.

Since: Jun 09

Broomall, PA

#63 Jun 20, 2009
Cont. The Sheltons later dropped the first bomb ever from an airplane onto American soil as an act of "terrorism" which was directed at the Shady Rest (Birgers illegal booze joint, known as a speakeasy) but misjudged the trajectory and only managed to blow up the cock fighting pen behind it. As a teenager in the mid 80's growing up in Pond Creek, I became very interested in all of this history and began to research it as best I could. Imagine my surprise as I discovered the black, 2 door sedan Blackie was driving when Carl was killed, that still sits on land that was owned by Blackie at the time of the murder, and shortly after that,found a large rock protruding from the side of a ridge in which is carved "Charles Harris 1926" with 7 (?) scratchmarks most likely indicating current number of kills. Later, I was priveledged enough to actually get to hold both The nickel plated, ivory handled, left handed grip, Colt(?) 45 revolver that Carl always carried and managed to fire back 5 out of 6 possible shots with at Blackie the day he was killed, and Hal Bradshaws' 45 service revolver at the same time. As I recall, Hal was the Sheriff in Wayne County at the time of Carls reign. I have much more info if anyone is interested and can point you at the local library which has a stack of original newspaper articles concerning all of the aforementioned and so much more. Simply fascinating to read these and how, as they progressed, it went from being reported as BIG news to basically just another incident. Also My Great grandfather Willie Gammon, on my mothers side, was an affiliate of the Sheltons and ran illegal booze for them. It has been a hush hush rumor within some of our family that he murdered a man and hid the body and a great deal of money down an old well on their farm-junkyard, south of Wayne City, and covered the old well with a car. Neither were ever retrieved, as Willie found salvation shortly after "meeting the Devil in the fence row" and spent the last approx 50 yrs of his life as a pastor. He felt that the money was blood money and was tainted, and so to my knowledge, it still remains where it was. I can't verify that particular story about Willie but the rest is all known fact. Contact me at [email protected] for additional info.

Since: Jun 09

Broomall, PA

#64 Jun 20, 2009
This is part 1 of 2, I am Shannon Fry, I am Kim Doziers fiance, and I have lived in Wayne County for all but 2 of my 38 yrs, with much of that having been in Pond Creek. I know the area and it's history pretty well. I am wondering if Gary Harris is the same one that lived in Fairfield from the 80's til early 2000's and operated O & M services. If so, I worked for him and I can tell you that the man wouldn't lie at gunpoint. Comically though, he, like his grandfather, was usually equipped with at least 2 guns on his person at all times. If it is the same guy mind you.
As for books, Try Brothers Notorious, a very good read with lots of great pics and info about the Sheltons, Charlie Harris, and Charlie Birger who was another notorious outlaw from Harrisburg Il. with whom the Sheltons had business ties but later on had a severe falling out much like with Charles "Blackie" Harris. Another good read concerning all of this is Charlie and the Shawneetown Dame. The Dame in point would be Helen Holbrook Richardson, a wealthy, Shawneetown socialite with blonde hair and stunningly good looks. My late grandfather, Noble Fry, never said much but when he did, it was usually worth hearing. Late in life, he told of his youth and how his father had kept horses for the Sheltons (they loved animals and owned many throughout their lives, especially Carl and Bernie)and that they used to bring their girlfriends out to his farm north of Fairfield to ride the horses and show off and shoot their guns. They would give Grandpa a silver dollar to clean their cars. Big money back then. He remembered vividly a certain Blonde from down south somewhere but couldn't recall her name. When I mentioned Helen Holbrook Richardson, he said "yes, that was it. I think she lived on a rivertown and was very rich but caused trouble between Carl (Shelton) and Charlie (Birger)". This is also true, although she was certainly not the only mitigating factor in their falling out, she was indeed, an aggravating one.

Since: Jun 09

Broomall, PA

#65 Jun 20, 2009
The Sheltons later dropped the first bomb ever from an airplane onto American soil as an act of "terrorism" which was directed at the Shady Rest (Birgers illegal booze joint, known as a speakeasy) but misjudged the trajectory and only managed to blow up the cock fighting pen behind it. As a teenager in the mid 80's growing up in Pond Creek, I became very interested in all of this history and began to research it as best I could. Imagine my surprise as I discovered the black, 2 door sedan Blackie was driving when Carl was killed, that still sits on land that was owned by Blackie at the time of the murder, and shortly after that,found a large rock protruding from the side of a ridge in which is carved "Charles Harris 1926" with 7 (?) scratchmarks most likely indicating current number of kills. Later, I was priveledged enough to actually get to hold both The nickel plated, ivory handled, left handed grip, Colt(?) 45 revolver that Carl always carried and managed to fire back 5 out of 6 possible shots with at Blackie the day he was killed, and Hal Bradshaws' 45 service revolver at the same time. As I recall, Hal was the Sheriff in Wayne County at the time of Carls reign. I have much more info if anyone is interested and can point you at the local library which has a stack of original newspaper articles concerning all of the aforementioned and so much more. Simply fascinating to read these and how, as they progressed, it went from being reported as BIG news to basically just another incident. Also My Great grandfather Willie Gammon, on my mothers side, was an affiliate of the Sheltons and ran illegal booze for them. It has been a hush hush rumor within some of our family that he murdered a man and hid the body and a great deal of money down an old well on their farm-junkyard, south of Wayne City, and covered the old well with a car. Neither were ever retrieved, as Willie found salvation shortly after "meeting the Devil in the fence row" and spent the last approx 50 yrs of his life as a pastor. He felt that the money was blood money and was tainted, and so to my knowledge, it still remains where it was. I can't verify that particular story about Willie but the rest is all known fact. Contact me at [email protected] for additional info.

Since: Jun 09

Broomall, PA

#66 Jun 20, 2009
Sorry, accidentally posted the 2nd part twice.
alan

United States

#68 Aug 15, 2009
harris-ment wrote:
I am their mothers, songs fathers uncles brothers sisters nephew, but through marriage.
I was wondering if you might tell me what a song father is.
peoria

Peoria, IL

#69 Aug 20, 2009
The old Shelton house is on Shelton lane in Norwood it was for sale a year or two ago.
D Wren

United States

#70 Aug 31, 2009
My great granpa was charlie's brother. Virg Harris he told us lots of stories right before his passing. He even showed us where some of Uncle charlie's money was said to be buried. My grandpa was Gene Harris He recently passed on but he told us everything you heard about charlie was true.
D Wren

United States

#71 Aug 31, 2009
Ok I was wrong Virg was his nephew
alan

United States

#73 Sep 7, 2009
D Wren wrote:
My great granpa was charlie's brother. Virg Harris he told us lots of stories right before his passing. He even showed us where some of Uncle charlie's money was said to be buried. My grandpa was Gene Harris He recently passed on but he told us everything you heard about charlie was true.
I met your grangfather Gene and I also know his daughter Connie. Write me sometime at [email protected]m and we can talk. Thanks Alan

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