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Daniel Waugh is an author and history buff with a particular interest in the history of crime in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area where he lives. Here he is holding one of the murder weapons of the infamous St. Valentine's day massacre of 1929. (Photo credit: Chriss Lyon)
Mr. Waugh grew up in West Detroit, and after many visits to St. Louis, he fell in love with the city and it's rich history. This passioned interest easily led him to move to the city. Mr. Waugh served in the military and has had many different interesting careers, many of which has led him to better understand the real life human condition. Cabbie, Towing truck driver, armored car guard etc..
You can read more about author Daniel Waugh at this following link
Mr. Waugh's published works.
The books can be purchased by clicking on the book covers.
"We never shoot unless we know who is present," gang boss Tom Egan declared in a candid interview with a leading St. Louis newspaper. Just who was this man who could boast in public about ordering murder? After nearly a century, the story of Egan's Rats can finally be told: how a group of Victorian-era street punks mushroomed into a powerful force that controlled Missouri's largest city for nearly thirty years.
Led by two childhood pals, Thomas "Snake" Kinney and Tom Egan, the Rats emerged from the city's Irish slums. They learned their trade the old-fashioned way, via robberies, brawls, burglaries, anad shootings. When Kinney ran on the Democratic ticket in the Third Ward, his friends were at the polls to ensure he got enough votes. For nearly ten years the gang cut a large swath in St. Louis, instilling fear wherever it went. With Snake Kinney a Missouri state senator, and Tom Egan St. Louis's most dangerous gangster, the gang boasted nearly 400 members. Nearly everyone who lived in St. Louis was touched by them in some way or another.
Soon the Rats became overconfident and careless, beginning with a public shooting war against a gang led by Missouri beverage inspector Edward "Jelly Roll" Hogan. When the once fearful public grew tired of theh gangs, their leadership ended up in federal prison for twenty-five years, largely on the testimony of one of their own who turned state's evidence in fear for his life.
Egan's Rats provides a fascinating glimpse into a past that wasn't always idyllic. It was an era in which roving gangs of thugs terrorized voters with impunity, when alcohol was illegal, when a gangster could brag of his power in the newspaper, and when the tendrils of St. Louis crime reached all the way into the White House.
While his research extends far beyond the confines of this book, Egan's Rats is his first published work.
Gangs of St. Louis
Men of Respect
St. Louis was a city under siege during Prohibition. Seven different criminal gangs violently vied for control of the town's illegal enterprises. Although their names (the Green Ones, the Pillow Gang, the Russo Gang, Egan's Rats, the Hogan Gang, the Cuckoo Gang and the Shelton Gang) are familiar to many, their exploits have remained largely undocumented until now. Learn how an awkward gunshot wound gave the Pillow Gang its name, and read why Willie Russo's bizarre midnight interview with a reporter from the St. Louis Star involved an automatic pistol and a floating hunk of cheese. From daring bank robberies to cold-blooded betrayals, The Gangs of St. Louis chronicles a fierce yet juicy slice of the Gateway City's history that rivaled anything seen in New York or Chicago.
Dan's second book, which is with no surprise another hit with all history buffs, professionals and amateurs.
The late, great historian and co- author Rick Mattix, had this to say about Waugh's first work.
"Far too many organized crime books are narrowly focused on New York and Chicago, as if nothing of any consequence ever happened in the underworlds of other cities. St Louis has a gangster past just as colorful and violent and indeed supplied many of the killers who made the Twenties roar in other urban battlegrounds around the nation. Many books mention Egan's Rats as the premier St. Louis gang but provide little and usually erroneous detail. Dan Waugh, a native St. Louisan, a fantastic researcher, and a wonderful writer, has corrected this with an incredibly in-depth and entertaining history of the gang. Stretching from its 1890s roots as saloon toughs in the employ of politician "Snake" Kinney right on through the bloody Prohibition gang wars and the million-dollar mail robberies that brought the gang down, and the exodus of ex-Rats to the gang war scenes of New York, Detroit, and Chicago, it's an action-packed history that's long overdue. This is also Waugh's debut as a published author but from I've seen he's already a powerhouse contender when it comes to crime history." --- Rick Mattix, Author / Historian.
Mr. Waugh is currently working on his third book called "Killer: Fred Burke and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
He can be contacted at