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Gallows from Illinois' last public hanging found

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than eight decades since bootlegging gangster Charlie Birger became Illinois' last person publicly hanged, the southern Illinois city that has clung to his legend finally has the case's biggest and most-elusive relic: the gallows from which he swung for his role in the killing of a nearby mayor. The Franklin County Jail Museum in Benton, where Birger dropped to his death...

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