Central Florida's Most Notorious Gangsters: Alva Hunt and Hugh Gant

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Blazing gun battles, bank heists and high-speed escapes: this is the story of Alva Hunt and Hugh Gant—central Florida's own Dillinger and Capone. Alva Hunt and Hugh Gant began their infamous "careers" fencing automobile parts as the Florida land boom became a bust. After doing hard time in state jails, they emerged as bank robbers and embarked on a crime spree across the Deep South. In the end they were captured and served time in Leavenworth, Alcatraz and other penitentiaries. Their reign was one of terror for Florida and many Southern states. Their story reflects an intriguing period in Florida's own history—the Depression era and the desperate days when Southern gangsters were armed, notorious and deadly.
ISBN: 9781596294141
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: True Crime
Images: 55
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.375 (h)
Samuel Parish taught high school Social Studies and was an Adjunct Professor of History. As a part-time newspaper columnist, he has written hundreds of newspaper articles and editorials for the Sumter County Times. He has also published Sumter County—a Chronicle of Change in Settlement and Residential Growth, a grant-funded historical brochure. He has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Master of Arts History.
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