Fred “Killer” Burke started his life of crime as a teenager in Kansas City, when he relocated to Chicago, he hooked up with Al Capone. When the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurred on February 14, 1929, Burke was among the prime suspects. After killing a police officer, Burke was America’s most wanted man, and he fled to a farm in Green City, Missouri where he posed as a prosperous businessman named “Richard F. White.”

A local man named Joe Hunsaker studied the newcomer and became convinced he was really Fred Burke, whose pictures he had seen in True Detective magazine. Local police initially ignored Hunsaker’s pleas to apprehend the fugitive cop killer, but finally in the early morning of March 26, 1931, they raided Burke’s house and found him in bed. Burke had weapons by his side but he did not resist arrest.