Category Archives: Breaking News

The Drunken Orgy

To commemorate the Great Raid on the Blonger gang, we present this cartoon from the Denver Times, March 27, 1923. Scott photgraphed it on a recent trip to Denver. The original clipping was found in the papers of Robert Maiden, part of the collection at the Denver Public Library. Maiden was working for the Federal Narcotics’ Bureau in Kansas City… (more…)

Amy Reading on HuffPost

Amy has an article on huffingtonpost.com about great American con men, including Lou…

Desperately Seeking Sam

Do you have an eye for detail? Then you might like this puzzler. We recently discovered Sam Blonger’s gravesite online, thanks to these photos from Scotti McCarthy. From her Find-a-Grave post, we know that Sam is buried in Section 20 of Riverside Cemetery. I think it will be easy enough to find Sam’s grave when we visit it in person… (more…)

Slumber Party at the Bee Hive Ranch

On Saturday, April 17, 1920, the Colorado foothills were hit by a spring blizzard that covered the tracks of the interurban line that ran through Lou Blonger’s cherry orchard, the Bee Hive Ranch, in suburban Lakewood.  After the three-car train stalled, it was quickly covered with snow.  Luckily the passengers were evacuated to Lou’s place, where they were greeted and… (more…)

Amy Reading’s Interview on WILL

You can listen here. A review of her book will be forthcoming in this space.

Hello, Sam — We’ve Been Looking for You

We’d been looking for Sam for nine years — he was the only Blonger whose final resting place had not been determined.  But apparently we weren’t looking nearly hard enough.  Turns out this photo has been on the Find-a-Grave web site for the last three years, thanks to researcher Scotti McCarthy. For some reason (that I needn’t bother to figure… (more…)

Amy Reading on Focus 580

Amy Reading, whose new book “The Mark Inside” has been the subject of several posts here, will be interviewed on Illinois Public Radio tomorrow (Wednesday, April 25).  If you happen to live in central Illinois like we do, you can listen live on WILL, AM 580.  Elsewhere, you can listen in almost real time to the stream (click the “LISTEN”… (more…)

The Mark Inside on WILL

Sounds like Amy Reading will be doing another interview about The Mark Inside, this time in our old stomping ground, Urbana, on WILL-AM, the local NPR affiliate. Listen in on April 25th, or check it out afterward on the net. Amy says her recent interview on NPR’s Saturday Edition was much longer than what was broadcast, and discussion of Lou got… (more…)

Amy Reading on NPR

Amy more than held her own with Scott Simon last Saturday. You can listen in here: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/24/149148112/the-big-con-if-you-cant-avoid-it-avenge-it True, she didn’t get around to Lou (it was only a seven minute segment), but we forgive her. Great job, Amy! We’ll have more to say on her book, The Mark Inside, soon.

The Mark Inside

Looks like Lou will be coming soon to an NPR station near you. Author Amy Reading will be on Weekend Edition with Scott Simon this coming Saturday, March 24th, to talk about her new book The Mark Inside (Random House Digital, Inc.). For what it’s worth, she will also be on a Denver noontime TV news show on Wednesday (don’t have… (more…)