This particular posting explains the murder, that James Overstreet (of Oklahoma) claimed to have avenged through the murder of one of his own men. I personally believe that Overstreet himself was a trigger man in this (Bolin's), murder.---Patti
Edwardsville Intelligencer 10/18/24----(ILLINOIS)
CONSTABLE IS SLAIN
Robert T. Bolin Stopped on Lonely Highway
Life of Woman Companion Spared by Four Assailants.
The Life of a married woman, the mother of several shildren, was spared Sat. night a 11 o'clock when Constable Robert T. Bolin, 37 years old, of Granite City was slain by 4 unknown assailants on a lonely road,4 miles est of Granite City. Seven bullets were sent into the head & body of Bolin and he died within a few moments. The woman and the constable were in a Ford coupe at the time.
Investigations are being made today. The Coroner Edward Mercer of Granite city is getting witnesses and facts for the inquest which has not been set. Sheriff E.R. Deimling was in Granite city yesterday & Last night, returning today to get what he could on the death. Bolin lived at 2235 B St., Granite City and was an officer in the court of Justice of the Peace Sol Mueller. The name of the woman is being witheld by authorities today. She is to be questioned & her husband may also be questioned in hopes of throwing light on the murder. At Granite City today it was believed that the murderers were looking for someone else & Bolin happened along to pay with his life. It is also possible that the big black touring car had designs on getting Bolin.A new resort is said to have lately opened between the places operated at Moellenbrock's and Stemmers's and Bolin is supposed to have visited it a short time before he was killed. It is unknown whether the woman accompanied him there or was picked up to be taken home.There were informations in Granite city that the desriptions of 3 of the murderers were given in detail & they are being sought.It appears that Bolin & the woman were driving in the coupe toward Granite City & passed by the other car which came up from the rear. After getting some distance ahead the touring car turned around in the road.
A load of shot from a shotgun was emptied into the front of the coupe. It is not known whether the shell was fired before or after the Ford was stopped. After the soupe stopped, the woman was ordered to get out of the machine. She was half dragged out by one of the assailants but is without the slightest injury. She was taken only a short distance from the machine,her hat being found 10 ft away.A fusillade of shots followed. 7 bullets from revolvers of.38 and .45 cal lodged in various parts of Bolin's body. 1 bullet pierced the head at the base of the skull & others entered the chest and stomach. It is believed the 3 men used their guns on Bolin and the 4th stood guard over the woman.
The woman said that after Bolin was believed dead ,the men put their guns back into their pockets ,climbed into the automobile and drove away. They are thought to have gone into Granite city. William Holst, clerk in the City drug store, wa the first to reach the scene.He lives in the vicinity of the killing and was on his way home. He was near enough to hear the shots. The woman was screaming when Holst drove up. The woman was questioned and will be used as a witness at the inquest.This message has been edited. Last edited by: PNovak,
What does this have to do with Oklahoma?
If this crime had to do with James Overstreet, then, why wasn't it posted with one (1) of the three (3) "Topic" postings that you began concerning James Overstreet. Excuse my confusion; however, there was no mention of James Overstreet in this posting.
Do you understand that these postings will NOT remain together on this forum? In a few months, these individual postings will be scattered throughout this Bulletin Board, making it difficult to reconstruct the entire Overstreet story.
Also, without a State named in this article, I wasn't familiar with "Madison County", "Edwardsville", or "Granite City".
I have a few very good articles on James Overstreet, that I would be willing to post, if there was a "consistent" topic site.
Posted Thu August 09 2007 06:12 PM
Edwardsville Intelligencer 9/31/31Overstreet
CONFESSION TELLS OF CRIME STAGED IN MADISON COUNTY (ILLINOIS)
Gangster slain to Avenge Murder of Deputy Constable Near Horseshoe Lake Who Had Befriended Gang.Admits Robbery of Tri-City State Bank
Details of Confession Become Public After Jas. Overstreet Escapes from the Oklahoma State Prison---
The escape from the Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester, on June 2, of a man serving 25 years for bank robbery, has resulted in the making public of his confession to participation in 12 Southern Ill.bank robberies in 1924, including 1 in the tri-cities.
The confession also relates details of other criminal activities in Madison County at that time.The escaped prisoner in James Overstreet, alias Ripley,known as "Dressed-up Jimmie" because of his habit of wearing expensive clothing. Overstreet was serving time for the $18,000 hold-up of a bank at Shawnee Okla. in December 1924. After that robbery the body of Joe McQuire,of Venice,riddled with bullets was found near the place where the loot was divided.Overstreet confessed that McQuire was killed to avenge the murder of Robert T. Bolin,a Madison County Deputy Constable,who was shot to death a month previously near Horseshoe Lake. Overstreet said that Bolin had been friendly to the gang. Overstreet also confessed that he participated in the robbery of the Tri-City Bank at Madison in Aug. 1924 and that 1 of his associates,"Screw" Morgan was killed by the gang soon afterward because he had informed a Deputy Sheriff of the plans for the robbery, not knowing that the deputy was also friendly with the gang. Overstreet said the deputy told him about Morgan when Overstreet gave the deputy a share of the loot.Overstreet also confessed to participitation in the robbery of Castle Roadhouse south of Granite City.
A Nation-wide search for Overstreet is now in progress.
Any info anyone has on Bolin, Morgan or McQuire,(could be McGuire), would prove interesting.This message has been edited. Last edited by: PNovak,
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Illinois) 10/14/24
TALKED TO OFFICERS
Mrs Minnie Hicks Tells of Bolin Killing
Declares she was in Auto When Shots were Fired
Mrs. Minnie Hicks of Granite City (ILL), the woman in the case in the death of Constable Robert T. Bolin on the Horseshoe Lake Rd. east of Granite City Saturday night, was questioned for more than an hour under the direction of Sheriff E.R. Deimling at the Granite City police station yesterday afternoon. She told a story of the affair and changed it several times during the afternoon in some respects. In other points she held to her original statements.
Mrs. Hicks, about 35 yrs of age and the mother of several children, was permitted to go home after the questioning but was told she'd be wanted at a later date.
When everything is summed up, Mrs. Hicks did not have so very much to give to the officers. She described one of the men as a short,chubby man and gave fair descriptions of the 2 others. She was not quite so certain yesterday whether there were 3 or 4 men in the party of assailants.In Mrs. Hicks original version she told of being pulled from the car before the pistol shots were fired. yesterday she said she was in the automobile when the short man stepped up to the car and fired. Bolin's head dropped and he fell to 1 side and rested against her.
The officers believe Mrs. Hicks was out of the car and at a safe distance when the shooting took place. One revolver bullet passed through the left front side of the automobile and lodged in the back of the seat of the coupe where Mrs. Hicks sat. Had she been in the seat at the time the bullet would have pierced her breast or stomach , causing death or serious injury.
Coroner Mercer has not set the time for the inquest.
I have found a few other instances in which the report by victims of bankrobberies, that Overstreet was described as[ i]the short one, or the shorter man[/i]
According to his bertillion he was 5'7"
I guess I really need to know how tall McGuire, or McQuire was.
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