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 Alfred James Brady

Alfred James Brady

Birth
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 12 Oct 1937 (aged 26)
Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Burial Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Plot Public Grounds, Lot 2119
Memorial ID 19160 · View Source
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Criminal. Born in Indiana. Alfred AKA Al lost his father at age 2, his mother at age 16 and his stepfather at age 18. Two months after his stepfather's death he committed his first robbery, in Indianapolis, Indiana, in which he was shot and wounded. On release from jail, he teamed up with Clarence Lee Shaffer, Jr., James Dalhover, and Charles Geisking, and the gang proceeded to steal cars and commit armed robberies across Indiana, mostly of grocery stores. They eventually murdered a 23-year-old Indianapolis store clerk, and then an Indianapolis policeman Richard Rivers.The gang was also suspected of killing an Anderson, Indiana policeman in 1935.The four were captured in 1936, but Brady, Dalhover, and Shaffer escaped from a Greenfield, Indiana jail, and then robbed a bank in Goodland, Indiana in May 1937. In fleeing the robbery, they managed to ambush and kill one of their pursuers, Indiana State Police trooper Paul V. Minneman, and severely injured another. The gang then relocated to first Baltimore, then to Bridgeport, Connecticut, and eventually to Bangor, Maine. On October 12, 1937, a Buick automobile with Ohio license plates appeared in Bangor. After riding past the sporting goods store twice, the occupants, apparently satisfied that everything was quiet and that there was no danger, parked the car a few doors from the store. Leaving Brady in the back seat of the car, Shaffer and Dalhover proceeded to the store. Dalhover entered the store while Shaffer remained on guard in front. Dalhover was immediately taken into custody by the agents stationed within the store who, upon searching him, found a .45 caliber Colt automatic and a .32 caliber Colt automatic both fully loaded with two extra loaded clips for each on his person. He was immediately handcuffed and removed to the Bangor Police Department by police. While the handcuffs were being placed on him, he was asked by an agent where his "pals" were. The answer came immediately. Shaffer had drawn his gun and started firing through the front door of the store, one of the bullets wounding an agent in the shoulder. The agents from within the store returned the fire, and Shaffer ran out into the street where he fell and died a few minutes later with a .32 caliber automatic pistol in his hand from which all but one shell had been fired. In the meantime, immediately upon observing the parked car with Al sitting in it, two agents approached it with drawn guns, one from either side, informed Al that they were federal officers and ordered him to get out of the car with his hands up. Al put his hands up and started to slide along the back seat crying, "Don't shoot, don't shoot, I'll get out." As he arrived at the door, however, he lunged out, drew a gun, and started firing at the agents. Fire was immediately concentrated upon him, and he fell dead in the middle of the street. At the time of his death, Al had in his hand a .38 caliber revolver, a .32 and a .45 caliber automatic were on his person. Ironically, the .38 revolver in Al's hand was the gun he had taken from the body of the murdered Indiana State Policeman, Paul Minneman.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19160
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred James Brady (25 Oct 1910–12 Oct 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19160, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .