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New documentary series on Prohibition features Kirkland bootlegger's son

A documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.  - Courtesy KCTS
A documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.
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A new documentary series on the 1920s Prohibition era features a Kirkland man whose father was a bootlegger.

The miniseries "Prohibition" by filmmaker Ken Burns and co-director Lynn Novick premieres at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 on PBS.

According to Seattle Met, the documentary features a Kirkland man whose "rum-running father never forgot his strangely scrupulous boss."

Edwin Hunt's father worked as chief lieutenant to a cop named Roy Olmstead, also known as the "Good Bootlegger."

Authorities indicted Olmstead and 20 other men - including Hunt's father - in 1927, according to the article.

The three-part series, which begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 2-4, features "A Nation of Drunkards," "A Nation of Scofflaws" and "A Nation of Hypocrites." For more information about the documentary and the story of Prohibition in the Northwest, including a map of historic Puget Sound speakeasies, visit KCTS9.org/prohibition.

 

 

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