Monthly Archives: November 2017

St. Paul (Minn.) Gangster Tour: a fascinating, historical tour

Our Gangster Tour guide. Phil Roberts photo.

No, the gun pictured is NOT a real gun. It is a prop that the pictured tour guide held as she narrated our excursion on the St. Paul (Minn.) Gangster Tour. That was a fascinating, historical part of our recent three-day Plus 60/Trailways Travel tour of the Twin Cities. Our Gangster Tour guide was dressed in appropriate clothing as she portrayed gangster Edna “the kissing bandit” Murray (1898-1966), a criminal associated with several high-profile gangs in the Depression-era of the early 1930s.

According to the Internet, she took part in as many robberies as her boyfriends and was popularly known to the media as the “Kissing Bandit” for distracting the victims with kisses while her partner robbed them.

She was known in the underworld as “Rabbit” for her skills in breaking out of prison three times. She was married to two criminals in the 1920s, but is best known as the lover and crime partner of Volney Davis.

Amazon sells a book, Run Rabbit Run – The Life, The Legend, and The Legacy of Edna “Rabbit” Murray, “The Kissing Bandit.” The story is told by Edna’s granddaughter Pam Paden Tippet. Information about the book notes that “Edna wasn’t your ordinary grandmother. She ran with the likes of the Ma Barker Gang, Alvin Karpis and even harbored John Dillinger and a dying John “Red” Hamilton. She served time with Barrow Gang member Blanche Barrow.”

Copyright 2017 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises, Walcott, Iowa.

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Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Uncategorized


Thank you to all who have served

Ray Roberts

Ed Hirl

Philip Ingraham

Gerald Wehde

On Veterans Day, I remembered and was grateful for the WWII service of my late father, Ray Roberts; my late father-in-law, Ed Hirl; and my dad’s best friend in the military, my namesake, Capt. Philip N. Ingraham of Massachusetts, killed in action July 4, 1944.

I also remembered a favorite first cousin, Gerald Albert Wehde (Dec. 24, 1943- July 29, 1967), a farm boy from Old Monroe, Mo. Tink (his nickname) held the rank of AME3 in the U.S. Navy and was on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal when a fire broke out.

An electrical anomaly had caused the discharge of a Zuni rocket on the flight deck, triggering a chain-reaction of explosions that killed 134 sailors and injured 161. Jerry reportedly was the lead man on a firehose and was killed by shrapnel from an explosion.

At the time, the Forrestal was in the Gulf of Tonkin, a body of water located off the coast of northern Vietnam and southern China. It is a northern arm of the South China Sea.
My parents, brother and I attended his funeral. Later, when I was married and had a family of my own, we were on vacation in Washington, D.C. and found and etched his name on the Vietnam Veterans Wall.

Thank you to all who have served.

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Posted by on November 12, 2017 in Uncategorized