On This Date In Twin Cities History - January 16, 1934

On this date in 1934, banker Edward Bremer Jr., heir to the Schmidt Brewery fortune, was kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang in St. Paul while on his way to work.  He had just dropped his daughter off at the Summit School when he was approached by two men and forced into the back of a car and blindfolded.  Bremer was held captive in Bensenville, Illinois for 10 days and was eventually released on Feb 7th when his family paid a $200,000 ransom.