Rhuel James Dalhover

Alfred Brady, James Dalhover, and Clarence Lee Shaffer, Jr. formed the Brady Gang, one of the most notorious gangs of the notorious outlaw era of the 1930s. In the months between late 1935 and April 1936, the gang was believed to have committed as many as 150 robberies and at least one murder.

The men were finally apprehended in May 1936, albeit temporarily. Brady, Dalhover, and Shaffer escaped from the Hancock (Indiana) County Jail on October 11, 1936.

They headed east to Baltimore, committing crimes in Ohio and West Virginia on the way. Living in Baltimore, they returned periodically to the midwest to commit robberies.

On one of those trips on May 25, 1937, they robbed the Goodland State Bank in Goodland, Indiana, and killed Indiana State Police Officer Paul Minneman.

On a trip to Bangor, Maine, to buy guns in October 1937, a store clerk alerted police to their presence. After the gang made plans to return to the area to pick up a large cache of guns they had purchased, police were able to plan their capture.

When they returned on October 12, police were waiting. Dalhover entered the store and was promptly arrested. Brady and Shaffer were killed by police as they waited outside the store.

Herald-Press (Saint Joseph, Michigan), October 12, 1937

Dalhover was charged with Minneman’s murder. At trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, he was convicted and sentenced to death. After his appeal failed, James Dalhover was executed in the electric chair at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana, on November 18, 1938.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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