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Gangsters & Outlaws of the 1920-30's - C

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James "Oklahoma Jack" Clark - A Depression-era outlaw and bank robber, he was a protégé of bank robber Hermann "Baron" Lamm and participated in the gang's final robbery against the Citizens State Bank in Clinton, Indiana on December 16, 1930. The gang escaped with $15,567 in cash, but Clark and others were tracked down by a posse at Sidell, Illinois. In the ultimate gun battled that ensued, Lamm and two other gang members were killed. Clark and fellow gang member, Walter Dietrich, Clark were  arrested by authorities and extradited to Indiana. They were both sentenced to the state prison at Michigan City, Indiana on bank robbery charges. While there, they met John Dillinger, Harry Pierpont, Charles Makley and Homer Van Meter. Clark and Dietrich were among ten prisoners who escaped using pistols smuggled into the prison by a recently paroled John Dillinger on September 22, 1933. Just two days later; however, Clark was recaptured at Hammond, Indiana and returned to prison where he remained for the rest of his life.

 

Joseph Paul CretzerJoseph Paul Cretzer (1911-1946) - A bank robber, Cretzer was sent to prison at Alcatraz where he participated and was killed in the bloody "Battle of Alcatraz." Born on April 17, 1911 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he grew up to start his criminal career at an early age and went to prison for the first time in 1927. He got involved in more crime with his wife's husband, Arnold Kyle, and the two formed the Cretzer-Kyle Gang which robbed a number of banks along the west coast. By 1939, he was listed as the FBI's 4th most wanted man. He was captured in Chicago, Illinois and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He and Kyle both began serving time at McNeil Island in Washington in February,  1940. Just two months later, the pair escaped, but were recaptured just three days later. The two were sentenced in  Tacoma, Washington to another five years for the escape attempt. When the sentence was handed down, they tried to escape again and killed a U.s. Marshal in the process. They were then sent to Alcatraz, where they again tried to escape in May, 1941, along with fellow prisoners Sam Shockley and Lloyd Barkdoll. His last escape attempt resulted in the "Battle of Alcatraz" in which he was killed on May 4, 1946.


 

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