Joseph "Buck' Newell was one of St. Louis's most notorious labor bosses. He ruled the AFL Hoisters Union with an iron fist, and controversy and violence followed in his wake. In 1927, he married an exotic beauty, Juanita Jeraldine Grasswick, a widow with a young son and lavished her with all the comforts and expensive gifts money could buy. But he also kept her and her boy in line with the same violent hand he used in his labor dealings.
Then in June 1943, the Sheriff was called out to the Newell home in Pevely, Missouri. Someone had pumped five bullets into Buck Newell, and everything came unraveled.
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