Today on MinneCulture, we’re headed all the way back to 1900, when Minneapolis was a very different place than it is now. As the mill capital of the world, Minneapolis was packed to the brim with seasonal workers, thriving brothels, and scheming card sharks. But to Mayor Albert Alonzo Ames, it was just a piggy bank waiting to be smashed open. Over the course of a year and a half, Ames turned the Minneapolis Police Department into the most powerful crime ring the city had ever seen.
In the newest episode of the MinneCulture podcast, Tony Williams tells the story of the rise and fall of Mayor Ames. Listen to MinneCulture wherever you get your podcasts or right here on KFAI.