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97,753. ‘Why take banks when you can take the bankers.’ (Gangs US: Barker & Murder Cases: Barker & Heists US) Natural Born Outlaws: Barker-Karpis Gang, Discovery 2016, Karpis
97,754. West Plains Missouri December 1931: ‘Robbing banks, burglary, whatever would make money.’ (Gangs US: Barker & Murder Cases: Barker & Heists US) ibid. commentator
97,755. January 17th 1934 Just hours after the abduction of Edward Bremer junior, St Paul police find his abandoned car. (Gangs US: Barker & Murder Cases: Barker & Heists US & Kidnap) ibid.
97,756. He [Karpis] was ultimately paroled in 1968. (Gangs US: Barker & Murder Cases: Barker & Heists US) ibid.
18,657. On 16th January 1935 FBI agents surrounded a house in a remote rural area of Florida. A gun battle broke out after warnings had been shouted. Teargas shells were fired. And after forty-five minutes agents broke in to find the inhabitants dead. They had killed two of America’s most wanted criminals: Kate Ma Barker, and Fred, one of her four sons. (Gangs US: Barker & Murder Cases: Barker) Great Crimes & Trials: Ma Barker and other Public Enemies
18,658. ‘It’s like walking into a time capsule in 1935. The fact that it has this extra history is a really interesting cachet,’ said Mark Arnold, an agent with Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty, who are handling the sale.
He was referring to how Kate ‘Ma’ Barker, who was branded Public Enemy No. 1 by the federal government for a rash of murders, kidnapping and robberies committed in the early 1930s, was killed in the house along with one of her sons in a barrage of bullets from federal agents.
Photos released at the time, believed by some to have been staged, show Barker lying dead in a second-floor bedroom clutching a machine gun.
But the Barker story is the stuff of gangster legend and crime buffs may put a premium on a prime piece of criminal memorabilia.
The house is 2,016 square feet (187 sq meters) with four bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms. The sale includes 9.5 acres shaded by stands of old oak trees and 1.5 acres of sandy beach on Lake Weir.
Books and movies including the 1970 film Bloody Mama starring Shelly Winters focus on what some see as the mythical Ma Barker. But the real Barker may have had little to do with Hollywood images and the criminal exploits of her four sons.
The four men were members of the ruthless Barker-Karpis gang that rampaged across the South and Midwest in the 1920s and early 1930s. But there has been little evidence to support claims that Barker herself was some sort of stone-cold criminal mastermind. (Gangs US: Barker & Murder Cases: Barker) Daily Mail online article 22nd August 2012
22,696. I’ve told you and I told you and I told you not to curse in my house. (GBH Films & Swear & Gangs US: Barker Gang) Bloody Mama 1970 starring Shelley Winters & Lisa Jill & Robert Walden & Alex Nicol & Robert De Niro & Pat Hingle & Don Stroud & Diane Varsi & Bruce Dern & Clint Kimbrough et al, director Roger Corman, Ma Barker
22,697. You got to fight the bastards always, boys. (GBH Films & Fight & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid. Ma
22,698. I’m sure glad I didn’t raise me any girls. Who knows how they would have turned out. (GBH Films & Girl & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid. Ma
22,699. Herman, tonight you sleep with Ma. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid. Ma
22,700. 1929 was a bad year for a lot of folks. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid.
22,701. I’m not Mary, mother of God. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid.
22,702. The trouble with our Lord was that he didn’t have a smart slick lawyer. (GBH Films & Jesus Christ & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid.
22,703. It was God’s will. If He didn’t want us to have that there money He wouldn’t have left it for us in that bag. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid.
22,704. We are decent respectable law-abiding hunters. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid.
22,705. Ma, do you reckon Dillinger’s more famous than we are? (GBH Films & Fame & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid. Son
22,706. I aim to be freer than the rest of the people. (GBH Films & Freedom & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid. Ma
22,707. I told my boys you just rob banks and stay out of trouble. (GBH Films & Bank & Gangs US: Barker Gang & Heists US) ibid. Ma
22,782. Nothing disgusts me more than a sissy. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) Ma Barker’s Killer Brood 1960 starring Lurene Tuttle & Tristam Coffin & Paul Dubov & Nelson Leigh & Myrna Dell & Dan White & Victor Lundin & Paul Power et al, director Bill Karn, Ma
22,783. You got caught, that’s what you did. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid.
22,784. If only you’d been a better father. (GBH Films & Gangs US: Barker Gang) ibid. Ma