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

60 years later, gang leader's slaying still unsolved

There are 1227 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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Uncle Buds Girl

Bloomington, IL

#1238 Mar 27, 2013
I just wanted to be sure that I was understanding your post &/or point of view correctly...you seem to see our theories as 2 completely different ideas (apples & oranges, if you will), while I see our two theories as being very much linked to each other.

All politics might be local (as the saying goes), but there's always someone higher-up & outside the local scene when it comes to matters like these calling the shots...valid correlations can easily be found if people can be bothered to remember history properly & connect the dots!
Herman wrote:
i think ? thats just it, I think , you think......the days leading up to Carls killing , was a series of things including Beatings and shootings by Carl and his henchmans, pond creekers were fed up, including Blackie Harris, it was known that Blackie Had a dislike for the sheltons, some say a hatered. Blackie was though to be on Buster wortmans payroll, Buster had a lot to gain with Carl out of the way, as did all pond creek and its residents, sure the sheltons had a lot of friends there also.so it all came to a head when there was though to be a bounty on Carls head alone with Bernie, I Think it was a perfect time with Carl not being pertected, and that is a different subject..Why wasent Carl Pertected?? putting all this together. Carl was domed.That is what I think. do I know for sure?? hell no.all this thinking i have is what was printed and hear say, Proof??? i have none... Opinions are like rear ends everyone has one thats all

Scottsdale, AZ

#1240 Mar 29, 2013
Carl was up in age -- and therefore vulnerable for a myriad of reasons. With Bernie -- the enforcer -- dead and only the nephews for protection, he was in a position of absolute trust whether he wanted it to be so or not.

Again: what is the likelihood that his bodyguards would be unarmed? There is far more here than meets the eye. Not a popular perspective, I know, given the situation.
Uncle Buds Girl

Bloomington, IL

#1241 Mar 30, 2013
Carl was killed in Oct of 1947 & Bernie 9 months later in July of 1948.
Anna wrote:
Carl was up in age -- and therefore vulnerable for a myriad of reasons. With Bernie -- the enforcer -- dead and only the nephews for protection, he was in a position of absolute trust whether he wanted it to be so or not.
Again: what is the likelihood that his bodyguards would be unarmed? There is far more here than meets the eye. Not a popular perspective, I know, given the situation.
Billy Dean

Mascoutah, IL

#1242 Mar 30, 2013
Anna.. When Carl moved back from Peoria with his body Gaurds they though it was going to be easy. they started beating and shooting people from pond creek, bulling people over land and right of ways, some people moved but the ones that stayed, were going to rid them selves of of the problem one way or the other. Casrl would not leave the people alone If only he diddnt do that.. it has happened in the country before where people have had enough bulling and took it into thier own hands,although the pond creek people had some outside help. thats how i view it

Scottsdale, AZ

#1243 Mar 30, 2013
I knew that -- Yet completely spaced it. When I figure out what I was thinking I'll post it. Duh.

Vandalia, MO

#1244 Mar 31, 2013
I might know where to find one of the weapons used in all this. In working order

West Frankfort, IL

#1245 Apr 1, 2013

Just read your book Inside the Shelton Gang & enjoyed it very much. I had heard some but not all
of the events in your book from my father he was born in 1899 & lived in Herrin. He was living in the
European Hotel at the time Glenn Young & Ora Thomas shot & killed each other. You can still see the bullet marks in the front of the Old Herrin Hospital from a shoot out that the Shelton Boys
particaped in.

Ellicott City, MD

#1246 May 6, 2013
I can set part of the record straight. Black Charlie only had one child, Howard who is now deceased. Howard had only one child, a daughter who is now my wife of over 50 years. Howard was NOT a police officer and had very little to do with Charlie. Charlie divorced Howards mother when Howard was about 2 years old.
Some of what is written by the other contributors is only partly true. I do not think G Harris is a grandson of Charlie.

Marion, IL

#1247 May 6, 2013
Sam, I would like to talk to you about stories your father may have told about the European Hotel. Email me at jon.musgrave@mchsi.com.

Ellicott City, MD

#1250 May 7, 2013

You hit the nail on the head.
Charlie Harris did the three Shelton boys in. He had had good reason to, at least he thought so. The counterfeit money deal that sent Charlie up for 10 years and the Shelton's promised to make it up to him but never did. Then there was some land dealings with oil that the Shelton's used their influence to shaft Charlie.
Had Charlie not fallen out of his tree and only winged Carl, Carl would have been dead long before. The final hit on Carl was with the help of 3 St. Louis boys with Charlie. They had really given up on catching Carl and were on their way out of town when they just stumbled on the opportunity. Charlie was driving behind the St. Louis boys when he heard the gun shots. He knew what was happening and rushed to the scene to finish Carl off.
Charlie and his son Howard did go to Jacksonville to hunt down the remaining Shelton, Ruthie's dad, but never found him.

Gurnee, IL

#1252 May 8, 2013
Biker wrote:

Charlie Harris did the three Shelton boys
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Marion, IL

#1253 May 10, 2013
Biker, could you email me at jon.musgrave@mchsi.com regarding your last post.
Laugh all the way

Troy, MO

#1255 Sep 9, 2013
I am just wondering how many people knew where Carl Shelton Hand Gun and sawed off shot was? And how did this ex cop get it?

Sikeston, MO

#1256 Oct 10, 2013
Otto wrote:
<quoted text> Sounds like you kno what i kno
what do you know?;/

Olney, IL

#1257 Oct 23, 2013
Ruthie Shelton wrote:
Thanks, I'm e-mailing you.
my stepmom said her dad use to run some speakeasie called nighthawk inn and lived in dalta house there east of cisne
Richard Cochran

Neoga, IL

#1259 Apr 16, 2014
I just wanted everyone to know that I was appointed Assistant Special Prosecutor to Assistant States Attorney Willard Pierce to prosecute Charlie Harris for the murders of Jerry Merritt and Betty Newton. Our prosecution resulted in a GUILTY verdict for which Harris was sentenced to sixty to seventy five years. The Illinois Parole Board released him from prison after fifteen years. I have much documentation collected during the trail of Harris.
Big Phil

Columbus, OH

#1260 Jun 7, 2014
Carl shealtons death was going to happen, with or without the help of Buster Worthman , just so happen he died from Worthmans help, some pondcreekers, and his own paid body gaurds involvement on some level , and most people that lived there , knew that all those involved were so many, with different reasons, that it was Best you didnt ask or get involved, OR you may just be the next one, as some Know , there were a few more death, accurred in the pond creek area.... Listen.....when Carl Died he had many many friends and a few Deadly enemies and with that the balance was in favor of the Deadly enimies... "so let a sleeping dog Lay" was the Saying of the day back then , as Carl Shelton Lived many years beon reason.. Luckly..... MY thoughts only.
Ruthie Shelton

Orlando, FL

#1261 Jun 28, 2014
I am Little Carl Shelton's daughter. My book, "Inside the Shelton Gang-One Daughter's Discovery" is available @ Ruthieshelton.com

Springfield, IL

#1262 Aug 11, 2014
My uncle, Emit Hoffee, a long time auto dealer in Fairfield, fust on the west side of the square, was said to have the Shelton's office above his garage and that they purchased their Buicks from him..I was also led to believe that my uncle might have had some connection with the Sheltons. Anyone have any information about this?
Miss Mack

Davenport, IA

#1263 Sep 15, 2014
Harold wrote:
<quoted text>It is so strange that no one knows anything about Ray Walker after Bernie Shelton was killed.
I know what happened to Ray Walker after uncle Bernie was killed.

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