By Rich Mole
In October 1935, 3 prairie farm boys launched into a perilous path of theft and homicide that stretched throughout 3 western Canadian provinces and made newspaper headlines from coast to coast and as far-off as l. a.. by means of the tip of the spree, seven humans have been lifeless, together with the fugitives themselves and 4 law-enforcement officials. For the following 70 years, those Depression-era "farm-boy killers" held the excellence of being the RCMP's deadliest adversaries.
In Dirty Thirties Desperadoes, wealthy Mole recounts the whole tale of those younger males who accomplished notoriety as bandits and killers. In telling their story, and that of the boys who fought for his or her lives close to the gates of Banff nationwide Park, he additionally chronicles the commercial, social and political demanding situations of the good melancholy that grew to become males on either side of the legislation into sufferers.
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Yes, Bill was having more fun than many others were having. The year before, a thousand protesters had marched through downtown Calgary, led by the Young Communist League. The police had arrested some of them, but the Communists wouldn’t back down. ” The only thing blowing turned out to be hot air, but it made a man think. People without jobs, homes or hope—especially hope—tended to turn nasty. Then, in 1932, the Depression really hit Alberta. Even before the war ended, times had been tough for farmers in the Dry Belt, which stretched from Lethbridge to about 30 miles east of Swift Current.
It was one thing when your enemy was the Hun, Fritz or the Bosche—call the wartime Germans what you wanted—but another thing when the men you fought were young Canucks like yourself, except you had a job, and they didn’t. A few months ago, the idea of machine guns on the streets of Canadian cities would have seemed farfetched. However, when Regina police reinforcements arrived in Estevan after the riot, they had set up machine-gun posts throughout the tiny downtown. ” The recruits wondered: Were any of them fated to become that officer?
He was itching to head out into the backcountry. After a quick peck from the wife, he was in the saddle and off down the trail. It would be days before he was back at the cabin. Being married was peachy and all, but out here in the Rockies—well, what could a man say? Being a Banff National Park game warden was a fine life, especially on a crisp, early autumn morning after one of the hottest summers wardens could remember. Bill Neish had thought he’d found the ideal job 20 years before. After outrunning Nevada lawmen, he’d crossed into the new province of Alberta and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers to fight the Hun overseas.