Fred William Bowerman

Deceased Person

Fred William Bowerman (January 8, 1893-May 1, 1953) was an American criminal, bank robber and Depression-era outlaw. A veteran holdup man, his criminal career lasted over 30 years and was placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list in 1953. That same year, Bowerman organized and led the disastrous Southwest Bank holdup in St. Louis, Missouri, which resulted in a standoff between himself and his three partners against a strike force of over 100 officers of the St. Louis Police Department. The events were later made into a film, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959), starring Crahan Denton and Steve McQueen. Fred William Bowerman's criminal career began in the 1930s and was eventually arrested in Illinois for armed robbery in 1932. He served five years and was paroled in 1937. Shortly after his release, Bowerman began committing robberies throughout the Chicago area. While living in Michigan, he drove to Chicago using stolen cars committing 36 robberies between June–October 1938. By the time he was finally captured a year later, he was sentenced to Joliet Prison where he would spend the next seven years. Released in 1946, Bowerman kept a low profile for several years. However, he  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
Pipestone Township


Date of death
Place of death
St. Louis

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