3 things to know about gangster Bugs Moran's Dayton drama

The Dayton Police Department mug shot of George "Bugs" Moran.
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The Dayton Police Department mug shot of George "Bugs" Moran.

Credit: Handout

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It was a story of gangsters, bootleggers, robbery and trial, and Dayton went mad for it.

In the summer of 1946, the Chicago gangster Bugs Moran and two other men went on trial in Dayton for robbery and kidnapping. Here are three things to know about what unfolded:

1. They were accused of stealing $10,000. A bar manager had withdrawn the money from a bank in late June 1946. He said he was grabbed as he left the downtown Dayton bank, taken to a wooded area and robbed. FBI agents later arrested three men, including Moran, in Kentucky.

2. Even Moran's wife caused a stir. The former showgirl was described in newspaper accounts as wearing "a well-fitting suit that showed her slim figure to an advantage."

3. It didn't take the jury long. Just 92 minutes to find all three men guilty. They were sentenced to 10 years.

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