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Youngblood the carver

Youngblood the carver

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor


Murder, mayhem, torture, voodoo and moonshine stills with a subplot of segregation.

Sounds like the makings for a blockbuster movie when in actuality, it is all part of the story line in the book titled “Dillinger & Youngblood’s Wooden Gun” by author D. Gordon Franks.

The front cover to “Dillinger & Young Blood’s Wooden Gun”

Franks, a SC4 alumnus, authored this book that is based upon the tenants at the boarding house once owned by his larger than life grandmother.

“As a child, I thought everyone’s grandmother carried a gun under their apron,” said Franks. He explained his grandmother wasn’t really trying to shoot stray cats, but was trying to appease her grandson.

Franks said he grew up in Port Huron, hearing stories about Dillinger, Youngblood and his uncle Genie Fields, who was alleged to have shot Youngblood in the back.

Youngblood was a tenant at his grandmother’s boarding house.

Frank said after looking at the only known photograph of Youngblood, he knew his story needed to be told.

Franks authored this book to gain peace of mind about what happened. None the less, Franks’ book is riveting as he tells about the life of Herbert Youngblood and his ties to John Dillinger.

This book holds your attention from the moment you open it.

Set in the 1930’s, this story is told from the perspective of the man that carved the wooden gun John Dillinger ultimately uses to escape prison.

As the story begins, Youngblood’s grandmother prophesies that he will one day be rich and famous.

As I got farther into the story I had to keep going to see what ultimately happened. I had to know would Youngblood ever get justice.

However the harsh, explicit way in which the story is told is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of profanity. This book is rated R due to strong language and graphic scenes of violence.

According to the author, this story is one the FBI would rather not have told.

This book is based upon a true story and uses both fact and fiction. It’s definitely worth the read, and would make an ideal Christmas gift for the reader on your list. To order this book, visit dgordonfranks.com.