Monday, March 18, 2013

Inside the Shelton Gang Book Out Saturday

Inside the Shelton Gang: One Daughter's Discovery will have its debut Saturday at the Wayne County Press office in downtown Fairfield, Illinois, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The book is written by Ruthie Shelton, daughter of "Little Carl" Shelton and grandniece of the infamous Shelton Brothers, and co-authored by Jon Musgrave of

Inside the Shelton Gang tells the true story of what happens when a father’s wall of secrets begin to crumble and a family’s lost heritage of violence erupts from the front pages of history. For daughter Ruthie it’s a discovery that will forever change her life as she learns what it meant to be a Shelton in the days of Prohibition and the decades following, to be a member of a crime family that rivaled Al Capone’s for control of Illinois. 

While written from Ruthie's point of view, she's added stories passed down from her father and other relatives, as well as from folks she's met over the last few years researching the book.

I met Ruthie while researching for my ever-expanding history of Southern Illinois in the 1920s. We joined forces and is publishing the book. My role has been to flesh out the historical research she started on the gang, especially in the gang's early years in the 1920s.

It's been quite the experience and I think readers will enjoy the more personable approach to non-fiction writing that Ruthie brings to the table.

Books are available to order now at or simply click on the Books link at the top of the page.


Janet Souter said...

My husband, Gerry and I are currently working on a commissioned book titled "Guns of the Outlaw Breed" for Quayside Publishing in London. We are seeking digital images (300 dpi resolution) of guns used by outlaws and lawmen from the 1800s to 1940 to include in the book.
Our editors would like to feature images of the firearms attributed to Carl Shelton and the Shelton gang. Carl Shelton’s .45 Colt revolver and the sawed-off shotgun belonging to him were displayed in a recent one-day exhibit at the Hanna House Museum in Fairfield. Since the museum is unable to provide digital images of the Shelton weapons, we are hoping that someone else may have photos taken that day in September, 2013, and would be willing to share them for the book. We are also interested in digital images of weapons attributed to other outlaws or lawmen of that area.
The book will include acknowledgments and full credit lines on each illustration. There will be a major "Thank you" section in the book with descriptions of our source locations as well as the names of contributors and attributions.

Thank you

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Janet Souter

Anonymous said...

I am reading "Inside the Shelton Gang". I thought Charlie Harris was tried for the double murder in 1965. The book (p.224) says the trial was in 1967. Was there more than one trial?