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Crime History: St. Louis gangster slain during comeback try

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On this day, Feb. 17, in 1943, William "Dint" Colbeck, a St. Louis politician and head of the notorious Egan's Rats gang, was gunned down after trying to get back into the underworld. Colbeck had been the most powerful gangster in St. Louis during the 1920s, while also serving as the sergeant-at-arms of the St. Louis Democratic City Committee. But his empire came crashing down in 1925 when a...

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