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Gillespie, Illinois - Macoupin County Illinois, - State of Illinois - USA

Easter, 1929
Gangster Murder


newspaper clipping, unknown publication
Courtesy of Colin Murphy
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Frank Hines, Alleged Hijacker, and Smith Tucker Slain
      WILSONVILLE, Ill., March 31 -- Two men were shot and killed in an alleged gang up-flaring on the outskirts of Wilsonville at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon by an automobile load of assassins who whirled their machine after the shooting and escaped toward Gillespie, from which direction they had come. Wilsonville is about sixty miles northeast of St. Louis.
      The victims are Frank Hines, 28, alleged holdup man, auto thief and hijacker, and his brother-in-law, Smith Tucker 27. The men were coming into Wilsonville from Gillespie, where they formerly lived, driving a small car on the new hard road. A "big", blue sedan drove up behind.
      On of its occupants shouted to the men ahead and they stopped their car. Hines got out and started back toward the sedan. Two men got out of it and, as he came to greet them, started firing. Hines fell and the men turned their fire on Tucker.
      Tucker was shot four times in the head, the bullets entering at the back after passing through his car. Hines had four wounds in the head, one in the heart and three in other parts of his body.
      The bullets that killed them were .45-caliber, such as are used in both sub-machine guns and pistols, and it could not be determined definitely which type of weapon was used.
      The shooting was witnessed by three school boys who were walking down the road about 100 yards from the scene of the shooting. They were so startled they failed to obtain the license number of the car as it sped away. They said there were four or five men in it.

      Frank 'Curly' HINES and Clyde Smith TUCKER were married to sisters, daughters of Henry T. & Mary Ann (nee Raynor) MEINECKE
Both men are buried in Gillespie City Cemetery
Hines Tombstone Photo
1899 - 1929
Tucker Tombstone Photo
Clyde Smith
1889 - 1929


The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 94
Monday, April 1, 1929, Page 1
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East St. Louis Booze Vendetta Results In Death Of Two Young Men
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      Carlinville, Ill., April 1 --(U.P.)-- Vengeance of an East St. Louis gang was blamed by Sheriff E. M. Stubblefield, of Macoupin county today for the murder of Frank Hines, 28, and Smith Tucker, 27, brother-in-law, near Wilsonville Sunday.
      Seven boys who witnessed a sedan full of men overtake the Hines-Tucker car, order them out, and riddle them with bullets at 1:30 p. m. yesterday will be called for a coroner's inquest at 2:00 p. m. tomorrow.
      Both of the slain men had police records, according to Stubblefield, who said that Hines at the time of his death was sought as an auto thief that Tucker a year ago had been arrested on suspicion but later released.
      'It is my theory," the sheriff told the United Press today. "That Hines, who with Tucker had been slipping in here regularly to see their wives, got into a jam with a gang at East St. Louis and that the gang trailed them here yesterday and bumped them off."
      No trace of the sedan was found after it sped from the scene of the murders, he said. It overtook the smaller car, ordered Hines out, and two of its occupants fired eight shots Into the man, killing him instantly. Tucker, still in his car, was killed by a fusilade of shots fired into the car.
Is A Bloody Easter
      Carlinville, Ill., April 1 --(U.P.)-- Machine gun gangsters spent Easter Sunday in Macoupin county long enough to execute a double murder in true hoodlum style and then disappeared in the general direction of St. Louis in a large automobile.
      The two victims were Frank "Curley" Hines, 30, and his brother-in-law. Smith Tucker, 28. Both men were residents of Gillespie, but had spent the last several weeks in East St. Louis.
      At the time of the killing, Hines and Tucker were driving on the Bunker Hill hard road near Wilsonville, near here. Macoupin county authorities have pieced a mental picture of what occurred.
      It Is presumed that the men stopped the coupe when the gangsters approached them on the hard road. Hines stepped from the machine and walked a short distance toward them. A machine gun roared from the gangster car, and Hines, with eleven slugs in his body, fell to the ground. The weapon was next directed at Tucker, and he died sitting at the steering wheel of his car. The windshield and windows of the coupe were sprayed with bullets.
      Hines was known to police, being wanted in several cities on charges of stealing automobiles and authorities here today said he was reported to he active in hi-jacking and bootlegging.
      Tucker, however, had no known police record, and it was believed that he merely was killed because he happened to be in the company of Hines.
ALL Clews Are Lacking
      Clews are lacking, but it is believed the gangsters fled to St. Louis.
      An inquest will be conducted Tuesday. Hines was born in Hiteman, la. His parents Mr. and Mrs. George Hines, reside in Pekin, Ill. Tucker's family reside at Gillespie.
      Several theories have been advanced for the killings, Hines was mentioned in connection with the alleged hi-jacking of a truckload of liquor near Gillespie last Christmas and his sudden death yesterday may have been an aftermath.
      Following the killings wild rumors were circulated in the vicinity. Last week it was common gossip that a squad of Chicago police were here checking the whereabouts of alleged gangsters from that city. A report that the killings were committed by Chicago hoodlums gained credence when it was reported that Al Capone of Chicago had visited in Macoupin county recently.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 95
Tuesday, April 2, 1929, Page 1
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Southern Illinois Tragedy Will Be Looked Into By Coroner at Girard
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      Gillespie, Ill., April 2 --(U.P.)-- Coroner J. H. Riffey, of Girard, this afternoon will open a formal inquest into the deaths of Frank "Curley" Hines, and Smith Tucker, both residents of this city, shot and killed Sunday afternoon by machine gun hoodlums as they were driving on the hard road near here. Although eight witnesses have been called to appear before the coroner's jury, little or no evidence is expected to be produced.
      Coroner Riffey has refused to divulge the names of the eight witnesses, lest they refuse to turn up at the inquest. While gang killings are comparatively new to Macoupin county, tactics of the metropolitan killers are well known judging from the silence which greets officials probing the Easter Sunday deaths.
      General belief is, however, that gangsters who sought revenge for the hi-jacking of a truckload of beer killed Hines, and then killed Tucker, not because he was implicated, but because he happened to be in Hines' company. The two men were brothers-in-law.
      The shooting occurred near Wilsonville, near here. A large automobile approached the Tucker machine on the hard road, and both men were killed with a machine gun. Following the slayings, the gangster machine headed south toward St. Louis.
Hines Was Bootlegger
      Springfield, Ill., April 2 --(U.P.)-- General belief that Frank Hines was killed because he was alleged to have hi-jacked $15,000 worth of liquor, was expressed here today. Hines, a well known character to the state capital's underworld, was known to have connections with Chicago and Detroit beer runners, and in December, 1927, he was entrusted with a truck load of liquor valued at $15,000.
      When he arrived in Chicago he allegedly said that the cargo had been hi-jacked near the Indiana line. Later a quantity of the liquor appeared here and sold at bargain prices. It is said, and deputies of Al Capone came to Springfield to investigate. Hines subsequently disappeared. According to well-informed circles here, Hines was friendly with Byron Bolton, now a Detroit gangster and identified as a "lookout" in the St. Valentine's day massacre in Chicago.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 96
Wednesday, April 3, 1929, Page 9
Open Verdict In the Murder By Gangsters
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      Gillespie, Ill., April 3 --(U.P.)-- A coroner's jury yesterday returned an open verdict in the deaths of Frank "Curley" Hines and Smith Tucker, residents of this city who were shot to death Easter Sunday presumably by machine gun gangsters as they were driving along the state road near here.
      Three boys, the principal witnesses, could throw but little light on the killings, as they fled because of fright from the scene and took only a passing glance at the murders.
      Because of the interest manifest in the affair, the inquest was conducted in the Pert Theatre, which was more than half filled with townspeople. The officers and jury were seated on the stage and witnesses were seated In front of the movie screen.

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