Hanging the Peachtree Bandit: The True Tale of Atlanta's Infamous Frank DuPre

Hanging the Peachtree Bandit: The True Tale of Atlanta's Infamous Frank DuPre

by Tom Hughes


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On December 15, 1921, gunshots echoed across Atlanta's famous Peachtree Street moments before a handsome young man darted away from Kaiser's Jewelers. Frank DuPre left in his wake a dead Pinkerton guard and a missing ring. As Christmas shoppers looked on in panic, he raced through the Kimball House Hotel and shot another victim. The brazen events terrified a crime-filled city already on edge. A manhunt captured the nineteen-year-old, unemployed DuPre, who faced a quick conviction and a hanging sentence. Months of appeals pitted a prosecutor demanding some good old-fashioned rope" against "maudlin sentimentalists" and "sob sisters." Author Tom Hughes recounts the true harrowing story behind the legend of one of the last men hanged in Atlanta."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626194168
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,206,548
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Tom Hughes was a radio journalist and morning host in Atlanta for over thirty years and is a member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. He has resided in in-town Atlanta since 1977. This is his second book exploring a true crime from Atlanta's past. The first was Rich Georgian Strangely Shot: Eugene Grace, Daisy of the Leopard Spots, and the Great Atlanta Shooting of 1912" (McFarland 2012)."

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 "A Scene of Terror and Excitement" 9

2 "In the Grip of Crime" 15

3 Frank DuPre 19

4 "Through Mountain Fastnesses" 26

5 'I'll Blow You Back to Atlanta If You Move" 32

6 "Anything Less Than Death" 41

7 "Some Good Old-Fashioned Rope" 55

8 "Somebody Loves This Poor Devil" 70

9 "Insolent Bravado" 76

10 "A Few Thousand Criminal-Worshipping Women" 79

11 "The Life of This Boy" 84

12 "That's Some Crowd, Isn't It?" 96

13 The Last Man to Hang in Georgia (Not) 102

14 Mrs. Walker, the Ghost of Frank DuPre and Mrs. Blaustein 106

15 "Betty Tol' DuPree" 109

Notes 119

Sources and Acknowledgements 123

Index 125

About the Author 128

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