Pinkerton's National Detective Agency Files
December 09, 2010
New on the Midwest Genealogy Center’s microfilm shelves - Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency: Criminal Case Files. Pinkerton’s was in existence for almost 150 years, from 1857-1999. During that time, their private investigators pursued some of the nation’s most notorious criminals. The case files contain correspondence, reports from operatives, mug shots, reward notices, and wanted posters. Forty major cases are documented in the series available at the MGC.
One example is Charles Searcy (above). According to the files, Charles Searcy was a veteran holdup man. With his partner, Charles Morgan, he boarded a train at Brooke’s Station. "[A]fter it passed the Aquia Creek drawbridge, they climbed over the tender and held up the engineer and fireman, whom they forced to stop the train. Morgan then dynamited the door of the express car, and holding up Adams Express Messenger Crutchfield and his assistant Murray, took $2,667.87 and several thousand dollars worth of non-transferable bonds and valuable papers. Searcey [sic] removed the money from the Express pouch, which he hurled, with the other loot, in a field near Calverton."
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