Walter Liggett


Walter Liggett Walter W. Liggett (February 14, 1886 – December 9, 1935), was an American journalist. Liggett was a crusading newspaper editor in the Minnesota of the 1930s. Founder of the newspaper Midwest American, he specialized in articles about Minneapolis and Saint Paul organized crime and their political connections. Soon after alleging links between the criminal syndicate of Kid Cann and the administration of Minnesota Governor Floyd B. Olson, Liggett was beaten up, prosecuted on trumped-up kidnapping and sodomy charges (and acquitted), and finally died after being machine gunned in the alley behind his apartment on December 9, 1935, in view of his wife and two children. His murder remains unsolved. Liggett had a noteworthy career, leaving college after a year and working for a succession of newspapers in Saint Paul, Skagway, Alaska, Washington state, and New York City. In 1929-1930, he vaulted to national prominence with a series of articles for Plain Talk magazine which described the corruption wrought by Prohibition on American cities such as Washington, D.C., Boston and Minneapolis. When Congress held its first ever hearings on the efficacy of Prohibition in February 1930, he was the  ( Wikipedia article )


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