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The White Shadow: Tampa’s Bolita Kingpin

By David Brand Law Enforcement Coordinator, Florida Sheriffs Association During the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s Charlie Wall was the undisputed king of organized crime in Tampa’s Ybor City. Known by the Latin...

The Blue Sink Murders: The Strange Story of Robert Scott Sanders

On the morning of October 18, 1967, Tallahassee awoke to the news of a second, multiple-person slaying, just four days short of a year from the last killings. This marked...

Crisis at our Borders: A Story of Dilemmas

Immigration is part of the American experience, built our great country, and allows us to thrive. However, unlawful border crossings threaten the sovereignty of the United States.

Sheriff Bob Baker and the Ashley Gang

In the early 1900s Florida, father and son sheriffs chased a gang of bootleggers, robbers, and murderers from deep in the Everglades to what would later become known as the...

When Franklin County Went to War

Many of the American soldiers who went ashore in France on D-Day, a scene graphically and brutally depicted in the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” were trained at Camp Gordon Johnston...

Murder in Macclenny

On August 1, 2022, the residents of Macclenny, Florida woke up to a grisly double homicide in their small, tight-knit community. Rumors immediately spread speculating everything from serial killers to...

The Longest Shootout

On January 16, 1935, FBI agents engaged in an epic six-hour gunfight with Kate “Ma” Barker and her son Fred in tiny Ocklawaha, Florida, effectively ending the criminal reign of...

The History of Florida Sheriffs: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Sheriff History

Every day, your local sheriff and sheriff’s deputies work to keep your community safe. Since the beginning of Florida’s history, these men and women have played an important role in...

Florida’s Appointed Women Sheriffs: Law Enforcement Pioneers

When the trumpet sounded for World War II, women answered the call to duty. The WASP, or Women Aircorps Service Pilots, were civilians who trained U.S. pilots for war and...