Wisconsin voted to repeal Prohibition on April 4, 1933, by a margin of over 80%. That vote was later ratified at a convention on April 25th. The stories below show how Prohibition lead to an increase in lawlessness.

  • In 1921 a number of Prohibition agents raided a shack in Wisconsin belonging to some moonshiners. While they managed to kill one and capture two others, twenty escaped.

  • In 1927 a rather brutal kidnapping and murder occurred in Wisconsin and a liquor feud was believed to be the motive. A man and his wife were stopped by men dressed as police, and while the man was only wounded, the murders “kidnapped [the woman], and, after mutilating and robbing her, strangled her to death.”


DRYS MOBILIZE AFTER SLAYING OF MOONSHINER , Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963); Dec 23, 1921; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1986) , pg. 7

KIDNAP AND SLAY WIFE AND WOUND HUSBAND , New York Times (1857-Current file); Nov 9, 1927; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 – 2 004), pg. 34