Sunday, November 1, 2009

Weekend With Shades - November 1



APPEALING SUBJECTS
BY CRAIG MANSON
A Monthly - Weekend With Shades - Column

Our tale so far: Andrew ("A.J.") Magill, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, had gone into photography after he lost a leg working in the stockyards of East St Louis. One Saturday afternoon in the oppressive, damp heat that is southern Illinois in July, the amiable young man was beaten and shot dead in his studio. The last photographs he had taken were of a couple of teenaged girls. The police thought at first that the three photographs would lead to the killer. But their focus soon shifted to angry man named Gibbons Brogan. So how was it that Gibbons Brogan eluded authorities for almost two years and then within five months of his arrest, was living quietly in rural Oklahoma?


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Sunday, July 12, 1908, in its lead story, headlined the murder thusly:

JEALOUS HUSBAND
OF 50 SOUGHT AS
STUDIO MURDERER
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All will be revealed November on Shades.


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