Once termed the “Dillingers of the East,” Robert Mais and Walter Legenza led their men and molls on a violent journey of robberies, murders, and escapes up and down the East Coast. Join historian Selden Richardson (of Richmond) as he recounts the story of this whirlwind of crime and how it finally reached its climax in Richmond.
The description is enough to make me want to pick this one up but it wasn’t until I was alerted by Forest Hill resident and freelance editor Monica Rumsey did I learn about several Southbank connections.
Monica knows about the connection because she served was the editor and had the pleasure of watching the story unfold as chapters were passed to her. In her own words, “couldn’t wait to read the next thrill-packed episode”. That connection alone would be enough for me to post on H&H but there are more connections. A policeman who was shot by the killers lived on Forest Hill Avenue, and a little girl who lived on West 43rd Street wrote to the governor of Virginia to spare their lives from death in the electric chair.
So, if you’re interested in a little murder and mayhem from Richmond’s past find the book in your local bookstore or click the image above for Amazon. Below is a 9 minute segment from Virginia this Morning that takes a look at the gang. (FYI – Sometimes on Chrome you need to refresh to see the video.)