Verne Sankey Kidnapper and Bootlegger
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Verne Sankey kidnapped businessmen in St. Paul, Minnesota and Denver, Colorado. He aspired to abduct athletes Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey. Sankey, an Iowan by birth had drifted north to South Dakota and Saskatchewan before returning to the United States in the late 1920s. It was considered likely that Sankey had inside knowledge of the Lindbergh baby's kidnapping as plans were found at his hideout.