DACOR: The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that Changed a Nation
It's 1933 and Prohibition has given rise to the American gangster. With local cops unauthorized to cross state lines in pursuit and no national police force, safety for kidnappers is just a short trip on back roads. George "Machine Gun" Kelly and his wife, Kathryn, are some of the most celebrated criminals of the Great Depression. Kelly sets his sights on the easy-money racket of kidnapping. His target: rich oilman, Charles Urschel. Enter J. Edgar Hoover, whose agents are given the sole authority to chase kidnappers across state lines. What follows is a thrilling 20,000 mile chase over Depression-era America, crossing 16 state lines, and generating headlines across America along the way. Mr. Joe Urschel is the former Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. He is also a former managing editor of USA TODAY, and has worked for the Detroit Free Press. This event costs $25 and includes lunch.