Episode 52: Pretty Things and a Good Right Hook

In many true crime tales, women are all too often the unfortunate victims. In the 1920’s, Hazel Anderson and Helen Depue turned the tables and showed just how ferocious they could be.


Girl and Woman Rout Bandit in Daring Battle. The Davenport Democrat and Leader, 12/27/20

Brave Women Frustrate Plan of Holdup Man. The Rock Island Argus, 12/27/1920

Gets $50 In Holdup of a Moline Store. The Daily Times, 12/28/1920

Girl Fights Off Thief on Moline Street. The Daily Times, 12/29/1920

Alexander McBain, Moline Grocer for 25 Years, Is Dead. The Dispatch, 4/11/1932

US Census Records

US Immigration Records

1921 City Directory, Moline, Illinois,

I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

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