By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
Over a hundred years ago, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency served as a private militia to industrialists. Benjamin Welton’s January 2015 article in The Atlantic details how this agency –with its robust database of newspaper clippings, mugshots and measurements, filled in where the federal and local law enforcement of the time fell short.
Ultimately the Pinkerton’s explicitly violent, anti-union stance overwhelmed them with negative press thereby alienating the literate middle class.
One of their leading detectives, Sam Hammett “left the Pinkertons because of their hard line stance against the Unions,” according to Welton. Sam Hammett went on to become Dashiell Hammett and create the — More—