January 2, 1932: In Brookline, near Springfield, the Young Gang—also known as the Young brothers—shot six police officers dead. Six gang members were involved, as well as two other gunmen. One of those gunmen was believed to be “Pretty Boy" Floyd. When finally cornered, the gang shot themselves rather than surrender. This Public Enemy-era gangster battle was the largest killing of police officers during 20th century.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.