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John "Red" HamiltonJohn "Red" Hamilton, aka: Three Finger Jack (1899-1934) - An associate of John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd, Hamilton was a native of Canada who had lost two fingers on his right hand somewhere along the line, earning him the moniker "Three Finger Jack." He was arrested in 1927 for robbery and sent to prison in Michigan City where he became friends with John Dillinger and Harry "Pete" Pierpont. 

Using guns smuggled in by Dillinger, Hamilton, Pierpoint and others escaped from the prison on September 26, 1933 quickly formed the Dillinger Gang, which robbed banks all over the Midwest. While hiding out with the gang in Chicago, Hamilton was caught in a garage by Chicago police sergeant William Shanley. Hamilton shot the officer, causing the whole Dillinger Gang to flee to Florida. A month later, Hamilton, Dillinger, and Pierpont robbed the bank at East Chicago, Indiana and killed a police officer in their getaway. Most of gang then fled to Arizona, where a number of them, including John Dillinger were captured but Hamilton did not accompany them. After being extradited to Indiana, Dillinger escaped from the Crown Point Jail in March 1934 and Hamilton quickly hooked back up with him. Along with Homer Van Meter, Baby Face Nelson, and others, they began to rob banks again and after a furious gun battle with the FBI at Rhinelander, Wisconsin's Little Bohemia Lodge on April 22, 1934, the gang split up. Nelson headed to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, while Hamilton, Dillinger, and Van Meter fled to Hastings, Minnesota. There, they were ambushed by lawmen and Hamilton sustained a mortal wound in the back. The gang then fled to Chicago and soon holed up at a hideout of the Barker-Karpis Gang in Aurora, Illinois. Hamilton eventually died in the last days of April. The men then buried his remains in gravel pit near Oswego. Later, in August, 1935, the remains were dug up, identified by dental records, and Hamilton was interred in an unmarked grave in the Oswego Township Cemetery.

 

Raymond Elzie HamiltonRaymond Elzie Hamilton, aka: Floyd Beatty (1913-1935) - Born in a tent near Schulter, Oklahoma to Alice and John Hamilton on May 21, 1913, Hamilton was one of six children. He was raised in Dallas, Texas and as a young man, he met Clyde Barrow and went on to join the Barrow Gang. He participated in the killing of Undersheriff Eugene Moore in Stringtown, Oklahoma on August 5, 1932. Raymond was eventually captured and was serving 266 years in prison for auto theft, armed robbery, and murder at the Eastham prison farm north of Huntsville, Texas. However, in January, 1934, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker raided the farm and feed him along with four other prisoners. One of the other escapees, Joe Palmer, killed a guard and caused a series of events which led to Texas Prison System Chief Lee Simmons to issue a shoot to kill order against Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

 

The diminutive 5'3" tall man soon took up with Mary O'Dare after her outlaw husband, Gene O'Dare, was serving 99 years in prison for bank robbery. Bonnie and Clyde and other members of the gang were not fond of Mary O'Dare, characterizing her as a prostitute and gold digger. Clyde Barrow snubbed the 19 year old girl whenever possible and often called her "washerwoman" to her face. Raymond soon fell out with Clyde Barrow when he and Mary were caught stealing money after a robbery. Raymond and Mary left the soon left the Barrow Gang. However, he was soon captured on April 25, 1934. He was sent to the Texas State Penitentiary, Huntsville where he was executed on May 10, 1935 for the murder of the guard in the earlier escape from Eastham Prison. As Hamilton

walked calmly to the electric chair, his last words were "Well, goodbye all." He was preceded to the electric chair by Joe Palmer.


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Saloon Style Photo Prints and DownloadsSaloon Style Photo Prints - What were on the walls of saloons in the Old West?  Most of the time, it was similar as what you might find today -- advertisements for liquor, beer, and tobacco. But, in those Wild West days, the walls were often filled with images of "decadent" women of the time. In our Photo Print Shop, you'll find dozens of images for decorating a real saloon or western themed restaurant, or your person home bar in a saloon style atmosphere. 

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