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George Remus: Local Man Was 'Prohibition's Evil Genius'

Prohibition took away legal alcohol in America, but brought with it opportunity for clever criminals, including George Remus, who built his bourbon empire with feet on both sides of the Ohio River. He lived in a grand mansion in Price Hill, and later died in the care of a nurse in Covington.

But his rise to criminal power is a story worth knowing, and local author Bob Batchelor offers his attempt in The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's Evil Genius.

Batchelor speaks on Thursday, March 12, at the Newport Syndicate (18 East 5th Street, Newport) from 7 to 9 p.m., in an event produced by the Campbell County Public Library titled, "Booze and Bootlegging: The Life and Crimes of George Remus."

The story of Remus's life of love (his wife), murder (also his wife), and extravagance, and his nationwide bourbon empire are the focus of the book and the presentation.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to talk about the book is author Bob Batchelor.

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