Portland on the Take (eBook)

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In an erawhen Portland’s shipyards thrived, so, too, did corruption. The Red Scare thatfollowed the 1934 Waterfront Strike allowed gangsters to gain control of someof the city’s unions. Working in cahoots with high-ranking city officials,criminals like Al Winter and James Elkins gained power and influence, oftenusing “goon squads” of union men and hired criminals to enforce their will. Nowauthors JD Chandler and JB Fisher bring Portland’s days of civic corruption andhidden murders out of the shadows. With unprecedented access to the policeinvestigative files of the Frank Tatum murder of 1947 and the detectivenotebooks and tape recorder transcripts of Multnomah County sheriff’s detectiveWalter Graven, the authors shed new light on Portland’s turbulentmid-twentieth-century past.

In an erawhen Portland’s shipyards thrived, so, too, did corruption. The Red Scare thatfollowed the 1934 Waterfront Strike allowed gangsters to gain control of someof the city’s unions. Working in cahoots with high-ranking city officials,criminals like Al Winter and James Elkins gained power and influence, oftenusing “goon squads” of union men and hired criminals to enforce their will. Nowauthors JD Chandler and JB Fisher bring Portland’s days of civic corruption andhidden murders out of the shadows. With unprecedented access to the policeinvestigative files of the Frank Tatum murder of 1947 and the detectivenotebooks and tape recorder transcripts of Multnomah County sheriff’s detectiveWalter Graven, the authors shed new light on Portland’s turbulentmid-twentieth-century past.


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