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 George “Dutch” Anderson

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George “Dutch” Anderson

  • Birth 1879
  • Death 31 Oct 1925
  • Burial Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot 1-27-1200 grave 7
  • Memorial ID 15977575

Criminal. He was a Danish criminal who co-led a Prohibition-era gang with American bandit, Gerald Chapman, during the late 1910s until the mid-1920s. Born Dahl von Teller to Danish nobility, he graduated from the University of Uppsala and Heidelberg studying music, literature and several languages before emigrating to the United States around the turn of the century. Although attending the University of Wisconsin for a time, he dropped out in 1907, and began committing petty theft. From then on, he was in and out of prisons in Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin. In 1913, he was arrested by police in Rochester, New York, and convicted of a burglary charge. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment in Auburn State Prison. He became aquainted with bank robber Gerald Chapman there and, after both men's paroles in 1919, began bootlegging operations in Toledo, Ohio, Miami, Florida and New York City, New York over the next two years. In late 1921, along with former Auburn inmate Charles Loeber, Anderson and Chapman began committing armed robbery. The three men forced a U.S. Mail truck to stop at gunpoint, taking $2.4 million in cash, bonds and jewelry. They eluded capture for more then eight months, and were eventually arrested by New York police on July 3, 1922, after being betrayed by a police informant. He and Chapman both were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment at the Atlanta Federal Prison. He soon escaped from prison on December 30, 1923, and was suspected by authorities to have rejoined Chapman in several hold ups (Chapman had escaped six months earlier on April 5). Following Chapman's recapture in January 1925, by informant Ben Hance of Muncie, Indiana, both Hance and his wife would be found dead eight months later on August 11. Authorities suspected their deaths may have been attributed to him as retribution for betraying Chapman to police (Chapman had been sentenced to death in Connecticut for the murder of a policeman). Traced to Muskegon, Michigan, passing counterfeit money, George Anderson was killed in a shootout, along with the arresting officer, Det. Charles DeWitt Hammond, on October 31, 1925.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Always with Love
  • Added: 3 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15977575
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George “Dutch” Anderson (1879–31 Oct 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15977575, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .