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    (July 18, 1895-July 18, 1954)
    Born in Memphis, Tennessee
    Birth name was George Kelly Barnes
    Bootlegger turned bank robber and kidnapper
    Tried under the 'Lindbergh Law' that made kidnapping a federal offense (October 12, 1933)
    Sentenced to life in prison
    He was a small-time criminal whose publicity-savvy wife, Kathryn, turned him into 'Public Enemy Number One.'
    He was arrested by the FBI while hung over from a recent drinking binge.
    He boasted he would escape from Leavenworth and then break out his wife, prompting a transfer to Alcatraz.
    At Alcatraz, his constant boasting about crimes he never committed led other inmates to call him 'Pop Gun' Kelly.
    He allegedly talked Kathryn out of killing their kidnapping victim, oilman Charles Urschel, on the grounds that it would be 'bad for future business.'
    Urschel, despite having been blindfolded, was able to provide so many clues - particularly the times planes flew overhead - that the FBI was able to determine he had been held at the ranch of Kathryn's parents.
    He became a model prisoner at Alcatraz and served as an altar boy in the prison chapel.
    He wrote several remorseful letters to Urschel.

Credit: C. Fishel


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