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Historical feature: Jewelry heist strikes 1918 Davenport


Last updated 2/18/2021 at 3:21pm

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Former Sheriff John Level.

If there was ever a year in history that rivaled 2020's embrace for the rapture, it would have to be the year of 1918. It was a year that, like 2020, saw our country in the middle of a global pandemic, while also still in the midst of battling World War 1. Historians suggest crime in the United States decreased that year, just like it supposedly did in 2020, but if you lived in Davenport at that time you'd probably have a different opinion. In addition to the world events of the day, the people of 1918 Davenport bore witness to one of the most captivating criminal events in local history. T...

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