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

60 years later, gang leader's slaying still unsolved

There are 1204 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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BJH

Sarasota, FL

#721 Jan 2, 2011
Ruthie, we are similar in our family history...or at least the mystery of it all. There was never any specific person implicated in my grandfather's murder (or his driver's). There was a great deal of IRS turmoil with Buster and my Grandpa at the time, so I suppose loose ends were being sewn up. They were partners for many years, so I suspect when you know where the proverbial bodies are buried, you find yourself on the chopping block.
BJH

Sarasota, FL

#722 Jan 2, 2011
For Big Phil...my grandma had told me that the 'company' accountant was a man named "Little Phil." Any relation? She had learned to make a myriad of matza balls and brisket, only to find out he was looking forward to her famous spaghetti sauce when he came to dinner one evening. Oddly enough, my family is predominatly Irish! Grandma made great sauce, though, and so do I. My husband lives for it.
Twyla

Foristell, MO

#723 Jan 3, 2011
there is a big discusion about the sheltons house by cisne that they lived in after the house they lived in befor got burnt by the kkk they are saying its haunted ive heard that since i was little i tried to buy it at one time cause there was always just somthing about it i have pics but was researching how deep some of the stories went
terry allen

United States

#724 Jan 4, 2011
Who do you think owned the black pickup
Big Phil

Edison, NJ

#725 Jan 4, 2011
someones that lived on top of a hill , would be my Guess
B_Ralston

New Albany, IN

#726 Jan 4, 2011
Kim wrote:
Hi. I live in Fairfield and used to have a coworker, Carolyn. She said her mother was burned down in her house out in Pond Creek by Blackie Harris. We think we might have located the house it was at. We also found the old car that Blackie and others shot up with some people in it. We dont know who was in it...we dont remember what Carolyn's mother's name was. My coworker, Derek, and I are trying to find out the most information we can about Charlie Harris. I have only found two pictures of him. FBI photo and another. If anyone has more information on him and would like to share it with me, this would be very very helpful to us.
Thank you,
Kim
I lived in Pond creek for 10 years. I know the spot you're talking about. the car was a 30's model, that was on top of a hill, across the gravel road from the "burned down building" My brother and I were the one's that shot up that car, it was pretty pristine when we came across it. Sorry to squash your hopes at a historical find.
B_Ralston

New Albany, IN

#727 Jan 5, 2011
Twyla wrote:
there is a big discusion about the sheltons house by cisne that they lived in after the house they lived in befor got burnt by the kkk they are saying its haunted ive heard that since i was little i tried to buy it at one time cause there was always just somthing about it i have pics but was researching how deep some of the stories went
That wasn't the "shelton boy's" house. that was Dalta Shelton's house. It had nothing to do with the gang. It doesn't have secret caves underneath for the underground railroad, or hundreds of bodies buried around and under it either. I love how rumors get started.

The house you're talking about is here http://maps.google.com/maps... it's right on the east side of town, beside the "C" of "County Road 1800N".

There are no such things as ghosts.
Augie Donatelli

United States

#728 Jan 7, 2011
Big Phil wrote:
Harris,Vaughn,Taylor,Merritt, Jones ,Wood,or Bell
Who are these people?
Geo

Edison, NJ

#729 Jan 8, 2011
some very interesting people
Otto

Glen Carbon, IL

#730 Jan 10, 2011
Geo wrote:
some very interesting people
whats interestin bout them
Otto

Glen Carbon, IL

#731 Jan 10, 2011
Big Phil wrote:
someones that lived on top of a hill , would be my Guess
ever body that lives in the bottoms is on top of a hill
Otto

Glen Carbon, IL

#732 Jan 10, 2011
Big Phil wrote:
They were helping a friend with mecahical problems, Just a theory
i thot you said in a diffrent post they fixed the blac ford the nite befor
Robert

United States

#733 Jan 10, 2011
Big Phil wrote:
Robert.....A man that was a good car/truck repairman Had a part to play in Carls death, just a theory of mine
I've never noticed you being bashful before. What's your theory about the mechanic's part in the slaying?
Alan

United States

#734 Jan 10, 2011
Otto wrote:
<quoted text> ever body that lives in the bottoms is on top of a hill
You know Otto I kinda thought the same thing. HA HA
Otto

Glen Carbon, IL

#735 Jan 11, 2011
Donald Bell wrote:
<quoted text> Nobody CALLED the cops. The bodyguards went to town, told Big Earl, went to the Sheriff's office, told the Sheriff, then they went to the scene of the ambush. No call, no record.
i dont think lil earl or ray went bac to the brige with the sherif
Big Phil

Edison, NJ

#736 Jan 11, 2011
Alan and Otto think the same but type different............ criticizing others with no rebuttal makes for a dull forum,
Katherine Lee

Saint Marys, KS

#737 Jan 11, 2011
Ruthie Shelton wrote:
<quoted text>I would love to talk to them! Could you please e-mail me? [email protected] Thanks
This message is for Ruthie Shelton. My mother thinks that the Shelton brother are our relatives and I'm trying very hard to find out where my great grandfather is from everyone in the family says he was from Kentucky, but doesn't know were. His name is James Edward Shelton and married Renne Smith and had at least 7 children. Mary O. Shelton, Charles, David, Ralph, Doris, Elizabeth Rose, and Lee. My cousin tried to ask Charles about where the family came from and his reply was anger and Why do you need to know about the family. She replied that the children would like to know. You can e-mail me at [email protected]
Otto

Granite City, IL

#738 Jan 12, 2011
Big Phil wrote:
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
this is what i was talkin bout im not hankerin to argu jest got confuzd

Since: Sep 10

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#739 Jan 12, 2011
It's been over 3 years ! This story has become tiresome !!!!!!!
Alan

United States

#740 Jan 13, 2011
There's always someone that want you to think they know everything that happened. They make all kinds of silly comments and try to get you in a guessing game. I say if you know soooo much tell it all or save your ink.

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