Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Ran Topless Clubs Dies Lowrie Faced Charges of Money Laundering

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Ran Topless Clubs Dies Lowrie Faced Charges of Money Laundering

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Lung disease has killed a man who brought the PT's and Roxy's topless clubs to the Metro East area and was under indictment for allegedly laundering prostitution profits through those businesses.

Harold W. "Hal" Lowrie, 58, of Arvada, Colo., died in Denver on Sunday.

He was among six men - including the former mayor and former police chief in Brooklyn - who are awaiting trial in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and enticing people to cross state lines to commit prostitution.

The indictment charged that the men operated a scheme of money-laundering and bribery with more than $2.5 million in profits from prostitution at topless clubs and massage parlors in Brooklyn and Centreville between 1986 and 1989.

The other men have pleaded innocent to the indictments, returned in October, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Smith said Lowrie had been too ill to appear in East St. Louis for arraignment or for scheduling a trial. …

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