Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Machine Gun" Kelley

George Kelley Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954), better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an American gangster during
the prohibition era.

His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun.
Barnes was a bootlegger and armed robber whose most famous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon Charles Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, earned $200,000 ransom.

Unfortunately for Kelley the money was traced and on the morning of September 26, 1933, Memphis police, along with FBI Agents, surrounded and raided his hideout. It was said at that moment, that Kelley coined the phrase: "G-Men, please don't shoot".

Kelley received a life sentence and was moved to the federal prison at Alcatraz.

He was a model prisoner. In 1951 he was returned to Leavenworth where he died of a heart attack on July 18, 1954.

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