Episode 40: The Bandits in the Blizzard

If you had just spent eight years in prison, would you return to a life of crime? If you did, but got caught, what would you do to keep from going back behind bars? Today, we explore the story of Paul and Everett Schroeder, two Iowa brothers who went to desperate lengths to escape justice for their crimes.




Held for Murder of Fellow Crap Shooter.’ Dixon Evening Telegraph, 4/23/1930

Bandits Flee With Hostage After Battle.’ The Courier, 2/21/1937

Pair Held in Ottumwa for Kidnapping, Shooting, and Robbery.‘ The Daily Times, 2/22/1937

Wounded Pair Taken Early at Ottumwa.’ The Des Moines Register, 2/22/1937

Oskaloosa Gunmen Captured on Farm Near Ottumwa, IA.’ Davenport Democrat and Leader, 2/22/1937

Hold Two For Investigation In Shooting Case.’ Carroll Daily Herald, 2/22/1937

Two Held in Inquiry Into Iowa Slaying.’ Iowa City Press Union, 2/22/1937

Carroll Persons View Shooting Suspects.’ Carroll Daily Herald, 2/23/1937

Pair Held at Ottumwa After Brief Crime Wave.’ The Daily Times, 2/23/1937

Clear Schroeder’s in Heider Killing.’ The Courier, 2/24/1937

Schroeder’s Will Be Returned to Prison.’ The Mason City Globe-Gazette, 4/9/1937

1920 Federal Census Records

1940 Federal Census Records

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