Whisky and Ice: The Saga of Ben Kerr, Canada's Most Daring Rumrunner

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Dundurn, 1995 - Social Science - 192 pages

During the Roaring Twenties, Ben Kerr was known as the "King of the Rumrunners." The U.S. Coast Guard put him at the top of the most-wanted list and offered a reward of $5,000. But ending up in Club Fed was not Kerr's only worry - he had to contend with Hamilton crime lords Rocco and Bessie Perri.

Whisky and Ice takes the reader back to the Prohibition era, when Canada and the United States were obsessed with "demon liquor" (not to mention the endless posturing by politicians). As Hunt aptly writes, the U.S. during Porhibition "was about as dry as the mud flats of the Mississippi at high tide."

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Prologue
11
Double Death
13
The Strike and the Piano Player
17
The Riot Act
25
Power Boats and Politics
31
Prohibition Comes to Ontario
38
Piano Player to Rumrunner
45
Five Thousand Dollars for Charity
93
Hockey and Homicide
101
CrossBorder Crime
130
Bootleggers Politicians and Clergymen
142
Courts and Commissioners
154
The Quebec Connection
165
Whisky and Ice
171
Murder or Misadventure?
179

In the Event of My Death
55
The Crime Boss and the Independent
61
Turning the Tide against the Law Breakers
74
John Brown Goes to Jail
81
Epilogue
183
Notes
186
Bibliography
193
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About the author (1995)

C.W. Hunt has taught high school history in Kingston, Belleville, and Peterborough. He currently lives in Belleville and for the past twenty years has operated his own business franchises in Fort Erie, Strathroy, Windsor, and Orillia. His earlier book, Booze, Boats, and Billions was a best-seller.

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