Murder & Scandal in Prohibition Portland: Sex, Vice & Misdeeds in Mayor Baker's Reign

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The 1917 election of Mayor George Luis Baker ushered a long era of unscrupulous greed into Portland government. While supposedly enforcing prohibition laws, Baker ordered police chief Leon Jenkins to control and profit from the bootlegging market. Baker filled city coffers and his friends' pockets with booze-soaked cash while sensational headlines like the 1929 affair between policeman Bill Breuning and informant Anna Schrader scandalized the city. Maligned in the press, Schrader executed a bitter campaign to recall the mayor. In 1933, a hired gunman murdered special investigator to the governor Frank Aiken a day before he would have filed a report on corruption in the city government. Authors JD Chandler and Theresa Griffin Kennedy unearth the salacious details of Baker's crooked administration in a revelatory account of prohibition in the Rose City.
ISBN: 9781467119535
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Oregon
Series: True Crime
Images: 49
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
JD Chandler, a former labor activist, is a native Oregonian who lives and works in Portland. He is the author of three previous books of Portland History: Hidden History of Portland (2013), Murder & Mayhem in Portland (2013) and Portland on the Take (2014). In addition, he keeps two popular blogs, Weird Portland and Slabtown Chronicle, and the podcast Murder by Experts. You can keep track of his creative activities through his web page Theresa Griffin Kennedy is a writer, poet, social activist and painter of abstract mixed media art. In 2013, she completed a master's degree at Portland State University in adult education, leadership and policy, with a master's certificate in teaching adult learners. She is the author of two books, including a volume of poetry, Blue Reverie in Smoke published by Oregon Greystone Press. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, retired police detective and longtime writer Don DuPay.
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