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We have a publishing agreement for this book on the rise of Organized Crime in Portland. It is scheduled for release in November 2014.
We have a publishing agreement for this book on the rise of Organized Crime in Portland. It is scheduled for release in November 2014.
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     This project investigates the suppression of the CIO labor unions in Portland following the 1934 dock strike and how these developments led to the takeover of the older AF of L unions by gangsters. Working in conjunction with City officials such as Mayor Joseph Carson and Mayor Earl Riley, criminals like Al Winter and James Elkins gained huge power and flaunted the laws, often using "goon squads" of union men and hired criminals to enforce their will. With unprecedented access to the police investigative files on the Frank Tatum murder (1947) and the detective notebooks and tape-recorder transcripts of Multnomah County Sheriff's Detective Walter Graven, we will be able to shed new light on Portland's turbulent mid-twentieth century past. This includes one of the city's most famous forgotten murders as well as the reign of terror on the Waterfront that led to the deaths of Pierre Schultze and Roman Podlas in 1948 and to the murder of Jo Ann Dewey in 1950 resulting in the infamous death penalty case of the Wilson brothers.

     Funds raised for this project will be used for research expenses, purchasing image rights and purchasing a stock of books to use for publicity appearances and promotion.

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One of the biggest expenses in publishing a book is securing rights to use photos for illustration. They are required by the publisher, but it is up to author to pay for them. While some photos are free to use many are not, ranging in price from $25-$100. Sometimes pictures have to be left out because they are too expensive. Another cost is transportation for research. One of our sources lives in Yakima and we have already made one trip there. This isn't a huge expense (we are frugal), but neither of us have a lot of money to spend. In addition we have to pay for copies of the book to give out for promotion and publicity. Your contributions will help with these costs and allow us to make this book the best it can be.
This project is firmly on track and will be completed. JD Chandler has already completed two books and is experienced and prepared to overcome these challenges. JB Fisher is an experienced writer, although this will be his first book.

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