Wicked Akron: Tales of Rumrunners, Mobsters and Other Rubber City Rogues

Overview

The searchlight finds Akron’s darkest days, when citizens burned city hall to the ground and members of the Ku Klux Klan called the shots from the schoolhouse to the courthouse. Meet a grave robber who became a political leader, a mobster who ordered police murders and a beloved bootlegger turned bail bondsman. Say hello to Frank Hurn, a flashy, frenetic, fast-talking con man who was looking for suckers to invest in the Vulcans, an NFL team he promised to bring to Akron. From city saloon to suburban hideout, this...
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Overview

The searchlight finds Akron’s darkest days, when citizens burned city hall to the ground and members of the Ku Klux Klan called the shots from the schoolhouse to the courthouse. Meet a grave robber who became a political leader, a mobster who ordered police murders and a beloved bootlegger turned bail bondsman. Say hello to Frank Hurn, a flashy, frenetic, fast-talking con man who was looking for suckers to invest in the Vulcans, an NFL team he promised to bring to Akron. From city saloon to suburban hideout, this is an alternative history lesson of the sometimes dicey coexistence of the well-heeled and the workers, men and women who lived big lives during Akron’s fledgling days as a canal port, its pre-Depression heyday and zenith as a midwestern industrial success story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299153
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 949,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kymberli Hagelberg is a writer, award-winning journalist and native northeast Ohioan. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including the Akron Beacon Journal, the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the (Biloxi) Sun Herald and Billboard, and on National Public Radio. Hagelberg began her writing career as a music critic and entertainment editor. Most of her reporting has focused on politics, business and crime. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and creative writing from Hiram College. Hagelberg lives outside Akron, Ohio, with her fiancé, three cats and a dog in a happy house with an untidy garden. Wicked Akron is her first book.
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