Gangster Gats: Cleaver Gang

On 25-FEB-1928, Charles “Limpy” Cleaver and eight of his gangmembers robbed the Grand Trunk postal mail train at Evergreen Park, Illinois, scoring $133,000 in cash after blowing off the doors of the mail car. US Post Office inspectors very quickly tracked down the robbers, arresting most of them within days of the robbery. They found an arsenal of weapons, many of them used during the robbery, in an attic room in Cleaver’s home at 10235 South Elizabeth Street in Chicago, Illinois. The room was accessed through a secret stairway with a door leading to it hidden in the back of a closet.

This photo shows US Postal Inspector T.G. Rowan in front of the seized weapons and equipment.

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Secret Arsenal

  1. Winchester Model 92 lever-action rifle in unknown calibre (GURPS High-Tech: Pulp Guns 2, p. 5).
  2. FN-Browning No.1 semiautomatic shotgun in unknown gauge (GURPS High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, p. 23; Investigator Weapons 1, pp. 82-83) with sawn-off barrel (GURPS High-Tech, p. 106; Investigator Weapons 1, p. 76).
  3. Auto-Ordnance Model 1921A Thompson submachine gun in .45 ACP (11.43×23mm) (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, pp. 28-30; Investigator Weapons 1, pp. 87-89). [This submachine gun had been acquired from the Saltis-McErlane Gang for $300. The gang in turn had acquired it from conman Vincenzo Danielski, who had ordered 15 Thompsons directly from the manufacturer claiming to represent the fictitious “Mexamerica Company.” He had paid with a bogus cheque and had the guns delivered to a cover address that really housed a shoemaker.]
  4. Winchester Model 94 lever-action rifle in unknown calibre (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 2, p. 5; Investigator Weapons 1, p. 74).
  5. Remington Model 8A semiautomatic rifle in unknown calibre (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 2, p. 8; Investigator Weapons 1, pp. 70-71).
  6. Unknown pump-action shotgun in unknown gauge with sawn-off barrel and stock (High-Tech, p. 106; Investigator Weapons 1, p. 76).
  7. Unknown double-barrelled shotgun in unknown gauge with sawn-off barrels. [The ominous item in front of it is a manual drill used for safecracking.]
  8. Winchester Model 97 pump-action shotgun in unknown gauge (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, pp. 22-23; Investigator Weapons 1, pp. 84-85) with sawn-off barrel.
  9. Auto-Ordnance Model 1921AC Thompson submachine gun in .45 ACP with Cutts compensator (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, p. 30; Investigator Weapons 1, p. 88).
  10. 137 sticks of dynamite, hundreds of blasting caps, and detonating wire (High-Tech, pp. 184-185, 187; High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, pp. 32-33; Investigator Weapons 1, pp. 108-109).
  11. Large hunting knife (p. B272; Investigator Weapons 1, p. 104).
  12. Three Type L 50-round drum magazines for the Thompson submachine guns (High-Tech, p. 155).
  13. Two jars containing an unknown liquid, believed at the time to be nitro-glycerine (High-Tech, p. 185).
  14. Assorted ammunition.
  15. S&W Military & Police revolver in .38 Special (9×29mmR) (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, p. 10; Investigator Weapons 1, pp. 56-57).
  16. Colt Police Positive Special revolver in .38 Special (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, p. 11; Investigator Weapons 1, p. 41).

 

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