CANCELED — Booze and Bootlegging: The Life and Crimes of George Remus (Off-Site Program)

Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Due to the health risks surrounding Covid-19, tonight’s Booze & Bootlegging event at the Newport Syndicate has been canceled. There are plans to reschedule. Please check our social media platforms and website for any future updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Location for this event is The Newport Syndicate, 18 East 5th St. in Newport.

Author Bob Batchelor tells the incredible story of George Remus, his rise to infamy in the Prohibition Era and his ultimate downfall.  The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius is a true-life story of love, murder, an extravagant lifestyle, political intrigue and the empire that fueled the rise of the crime syndicate in Newport and across the nation.

During Prohibition, Remus grew a bourbon empire that stretched nationwide.  He murdered his wife Imogene in cold blood in Eden Park and the resulting trial was a national media sensation.

The author is a critically-acclaimed, bestselling cultural historian and biographer.  He writes about ideas and issues that help shape the contemporary world.  In addition to the book on George Remus, he wrote Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel, and has written about Bob Dylan, The Great Gatsby, Mad Men and John Updike. He also was a commentator for two of National Geographic channel’s series, “The ‘80s Greatest” and “The ‘90s Greatest.” Batchelor earned his doctorate in English Literature from the University of South Florida.  He teaches in the Media, Journalism & Film Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

This event is free, but please register at or

Batchelor will sign copies of his book after his talk. Refreshments will be available at a cash bar and sponsors will have small exhibits and items on display.

This event is made possible through a partnership among the Campbell County Historical & Genealogical Society, the Newport History Museum, the Campbell County Public Library, The Newport Syndicate and American Legacy Tours (the Gangster Tour).



Age Range:   Adults

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