Chad Lewis travels the backroads,
looking for the weird, the kooky,
So it's no surprise that when he got a
flat tire in front of gangster haven
Little Bohemia in Manitowish Waters,
he'd consider that a stroke of very good
"I saw all this stuff about gangsters
and that's what really got me going," he
said, so he began writing the
soon-to-be-released "Wisconsin Road
Guide to Gangster Hotspots."
Lewis is a hunter of the unusual and he
said Wisconsin is prime hunting ground.
"I'm not going to run out of topics in
Wisconsin," he said with a laugh. "We're
a weird state, in a good way."
His new book, which he plans to release
in April, still has room for gangster
stories from the Coulee Region.
"All I have is legends and rumors of
gangsters coming through there," he said
of the Coulee Region, because cities
here were on the route to the Twin
Cities. "They were taking the backroads
because they liked to stay off the
New gangster stories are tough to find,
he said, so if you've got a story, he
wants to hear it.
"I'm looking for personal stories and
second- and third-hand stories."
Lewis said once "Public Enemies" came
out, he knew there would be more
interest in the book because people
would want to visit the spots that were
featured in the movie. Lewis said his
book is not just filled with gangster
stories, but tells readers where the
gangster hotspots are in the state.
He's hoping he'll find one of those
hotspots was in the Coulee Region when
he talks Thursday in Trempealeau.
When he gave a similar talk in Appleton,
a man in his 80s told how his mother was
kidnapped by Dillinger during a bank
"He never knew anybody was interested,"