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Author Brode, Patrick, 1950- author.

Title Dying for a drink : how a prohibition preacher got away with murder / Patrick Brode.

Publication Info. Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, [2018]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Seneca PL Adult Non-Fiction NEW - SEBB-3  364.133 BRODE    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  364.1332 BRO    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description 214 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Known to history as "The Fighting Parson," Reverend J.O.L. Spracklin broke into a notorious Windsor roadhouse one chilly November night in 1920 and shot and killed barkeep Beverly "Babe" Trumble. He never served a day of time, easily being acquitted in his trial for self-defense. A provincial liquor license inspector already known for his brash tactics, Spracklin's unabashed carnage solidified across North America the Detroit-Windsor borderlands' reputation as the new Wild West--where whisky flowed freely, warrants were forged on the spot, and ministers toted guns to keep the peace. To the rest of Ontario, a dry province, Spracklin had been the saviour they had been waiting for, the answer to the lawlessness of the Border Cities--that is, until he shot a man at point blank range. In this exploration of the period, decorated Ontario historian Patrick Brode unpacks this infamous piece of Prohibition lore and asks: Why did Babe Trumble die? What led to a hotheaded reverend taking the law into his own hands, killing a man, and getting away with it? Full of fire-and-brimstone preachers, crooked politicians, wily rum runners, grandstanding lawyers, and innocents caught in the cross-fire, Why Babe Trumble Died is a fascinating read that will engross anyone curious about deeper stories behind this fabled time."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Spracklin, Joseph Oswald Leslie, 1886-1960.
Trumble, Beverly -- Death and burial.
Prohibition -- Ontario -- History -- 20th century.
Temperance -- Ontario -- Windsor -- History -- 20th century.
Murder -- Ontario -- Windsor -- History -- 20th century.
Alcohol trafficking -- Ontario -- Windsor -- History -- 20th century.
Ontario. (OCoLC)fst01204832
Ontario -- Windsor. (OCoLC)fst01219369
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Brode, Patrick, 1950- Dying for a drink. Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, 2018 (CaOONL)20189046503
ISBN 9781771962681 (paperback)
1771962682 (paperback)

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