The Vice Squad Pod #4 (Alvin Karpis’s Train Robbery)

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The Vice Squad Podcast delves into one of the most daring train robberies in American history. On November 7, 1935, as the mid-west crime wave continued, infamous criminal Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and his gang pulled off a heist that shocked the nation in Garrettsville, Ohio. In this riveting episode, our hosts explore the details of the crime, the personalities of its mastermind, and the aftermath of the robbery including FBI Director, J Edgar Hoover, using Karpis’s arrest to add to his own myth.

Follow along as this podcast unravels the twists and turns of this notorious event, and as always, gain a deeper understanding of the dark underbelly of American crime history. This episode of The Vice Squad Podcast is brought to you by Youngstown Tile. (330-533-4125) Go Bold. Go Local. Go Youngstown Tile! And by “There’s More Bodies Out There” by acclaimed true crime author and Vice Squad co-founder Rick Porrello. Available now on

Thanks to Pat Palma for our amazing artwork. © Vice Squad Podcast LLC (2023)

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