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Crime & Punishment in the Conch Republic

01/16/2014  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
 

Despite heavy action this week as we turned from Chapter One to the Final Chapter of The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime, and the Literary Thriller, we found a few quiet moments to troll our favorite fishing hole for highlights of Key West crimes and punishments past. All images courtesy Monroe County Public Library; click through for full-size versions.

A gambling raid on the Rock in Marathon. Wright Langley Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

Weapons, cash, ammunition, and playing cards seized during a gambling raid on the Rock in Marathon. Wright Langley Collection, Monroe County Public Library.


 
A Florida Highway Patrol Officer and his car in Key West C 1950. Monroe County Library Collection.

A Florida Highway Patrol Officer and his car in Key West circa 1950. Monroe County Library Collection.


 
Fire Chief Bum Farto and Capt. Earl Ingraham sitting at the radio desk of the Fire Department in August 1968. Gift Alex Vega, Monroe County Public Library.

Fire Chief Bum Farto and Capt. Earl Ingraham sitting at the radio desk of the Fire Department in August 1968. Gift Alex Vega, Monroe County Public Library. Farto was later charged with drug-related offenses and disappeared under mysterious circumstances.


 
A gambling raid at the Sports Center 513 1/2 Fleming Street C 1960. Wright Langley Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

A gambling raid at the Sports Center, 513 1/2 Fleming Street, circa 1960. Wright Langley Collection, Monroe County Public Library.


 
A gambling raid at the High Hat Club C 1960. Wright Langley Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

A gambling raid at the High Hat Club, circa 1960. Wright Langley Collection, Monroe County Public Library.


 
Two Key West policemen with the Accident Prevention Squad car c 1950. Jeff Brodhead Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

Two Key West policemen with the Accident Prevention Squad car and an early blood-alcohol testing kit, circa 1950. Jeff Brodhead Collection, Monroe County Public Library.


 
The inside of the cell of the Monroe County Jail on Whitehead Street C 1970. Monroe County Library Collection.

The inside of the cell of the Monroe County Jail on Whitehead Street, circa 1970. Monroe County Library Collection.


 
Florida East Coast Hotels Casa Marina with Key West Police Officers Jimmy James and Buster Cerezo. Jeff Broadhead Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

Florida East Coast Hotels Casa Marina with Key West Police Officers Jimmy James and Buster Cerezo. Jeff Broadhead Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

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