Currently, 1213 Washington Ave. N. is the site of a Best Buy "Geek Squad" facility. There is no exterior indication that, in May of 1938, the street in front of that address was the location of a high profile murder...
Here in Afghanistan, I do a lot of Googling to find out what's happening in North Minneapolis. Well, Google News has an interesting little function at the bottom of the page--a news archive. So it was I learned of the death of William S. Brown, president of General Drivers' Union No. 544.
(Note the excellent use of the plural possessive, above. Back then, people who called themselves the "media" actually knew how to write)
Though the Brown murder is a Minneapolis story, the most convenient online source is apparently the Schenectady Gazette, which briefly states the facts like so:
UNION PRESIDENT IS SHOT TO DEATH IN MINNEAPOLIS
May 25 (AP) --William S. Brown, president of General Drivers' Union No 544, was shot and killed as he sat in his parked car in front of 1213 Washington avenue north shortly before midnight tonight.
A window on the right hand side of the car had been lowered and the front wing adjustment was open. Brown was found slumped over the wheel, several bullets apparently having entered his body.
Brown was the head of the same union with which Patrick J. Corcoran, who was slain November 17, 1937, was affiliated. Corcoran was a member of the executive board of the union, which is affiliated with the American Federal of Labor.
Corcoran was ambushed in the rear of his North Minneapolis home as he returned from a meeting at union headquarters.
(Keep in mind wire service stories are written in "pyramid style" so paragraphs can be chopped from the bottom to fit available space in a newspaper. So it is the same story ran in the St. Joseph Gazette, but with the following two paragraphs at the bottom)
The scene of the Brown shooting was just around the corner from the headquarters of General Drivers.
Police said they believed the killer opened fire on Brown just after he had entered his car after leaving headquarters and before he could get the motor started.
An archived Time Magazine blurb notes that William S. Brown held the office of president for 17 years and actually tells us who committed the murder:
Died. William S. Brown, 43, Minneapolis labor leader and for 17 years president of the potent General Drivers Union No. 544; from a shot fired by his bodyguard, Arnold Ralph Johnson; in Minneapolis. Johnson, who had been drinking all afternoon, told police: "Brown flashed a roll of bills. I asked him for a share and he refused. I drew a gun and shot him. He was my best friend."