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Friday, October 14, 2011

Minnesota Crime Historian & PR Agency Head Paul Maccabee Joins Host Don Wildman for Nov 15, 9 P.M. Travel Channel TV Show, “OFF LIMITS” about ST. Paul Gangster History

Paul Maccaabee and Travel Channel TV host Don Wildman
Minnesota crime historian and PR executive Paul Maccabee, author of the book “John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks’ Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul,” will join Travel Channel TV host Don Wildman on November 15 for an “Off Limits” broadcast taking viewers behind-the-scenes at historic sites to uncover secrets of the 1930s Public Enemies era of John Dillinger, Ma Barker, Babyface Nelson and Alvin “Creepy” Karpis.

Filmed last July inside St. Paul’s Landmark Center’s gangland courtrooms and in the basement of the St. Paul Police Department’s headquarters, the “Off Limits” show airs on the Travel Channel in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 p.m. (Central Time). Travel Channel programming airs on Comcast in Minneapolis on Channel 48 and in St. Paul on Channel 59 (check Twin Cities TV listings to confirm).

Among the rare gangster artifacts unearthed for “Off Limits” TV cameras - the bullet-riddled and blood-flecked straw hat last worn by Dillinger Gang machine gunner Homer Van Meter. The hat -- taken off Van Meter’s head after he was shot to death by St. Paul Police in August 1934 two blocks from the State Capital near University Avenue -- had vanished and was missing for more than three decades, before being rediscovered in time for display during the November 15“Off Limits” show.

Travel Channel’s “Off Limits” show is hosted by explorer and history buff Don Wildman, whose take-no-prisoners approach gets him and Travel Channel’s cameras access to off-limits locations in dogged pursuit of mystery and revelation. The goal? Delve into the forbidden, hidden and unseen spaces across America. Past “Off Limits” shows have taken Travel Channel TV viewers behind-the-scenes in San Quentin’s dungeons, Boston’s ancient reservoirs and into an underground Arizona missle silo to learn how to launch a Titan II nuclear missle that could start World War III.

Prior to joining Wildman for the “Off Limits” broadcast, historian Paul Maccabee had been featured in three A & E Cable TV documentaries about 1930s gangsters and on the History Channel’s TV documentary, “Crime Wave.” His Minnesota Historical Society book, “John Dillinger Slept Here,” was called “a small masterpiece of social history” by Playboy magazine.

For more information on the “Off Limits” TV broadcast, visit