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Prohibition Era Gangsters &
Outlaws - Page 4
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Charles Makley, aka: Charles McGray and Fat
Charles (1889-1934) - A bank robber and associate of
John Dillinger. He
was captured in Tucson,
Arizona, extradited to Ohio and Makley was
sentenced to die in the electric chair. He was transferred to the Ohio
State Prison at Columbus, and was killed during an escape attempt on
September 22, 1934.
William "Ty" Martin - An African-American bank robber,
Arthur Barker, Rufus McDain, Dale Stamphill, and Henri Young attempted
to escape from
Barker was killed, Stamphill wounded, and the others
recaptured and sent to solitary confinement.
Rufus McCain (??-1940) - Sentenced to
McCain attempted to escape with with Henri Young and
Arthur Barker in
January, 1939. He was recaptured only to be killed by Henri Young on
December 3, 1940.
Ben Golden McCollum (1909-1963) -
Nicknamed the "Sheik of Boynton," McCollum was an outlaw in
during the 1920s.
(1912-1948) - A
member, robber and murderer, Methvin caught a break when his father helped
to set up Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. He served ten years in an
prison before being released. He was killed by a train in 1948.
Vernon C. Miller (1896-1933) - Involved in the
Kansas City Massacre, an attempt
to free outlaw Frank "Jelly" Nash from authorities,
Miller was a known
Prohibition gunman, bootlegger, bank robber and former
South Dakota sheriff. Shortly after the massacre, he was found dead in a ditch
on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan.
Irving Milberg - A member of the
Purple Gang, Millberg was sentenced to
life in prison in 1931 for murder.
Harry Millman - A member of the
Purple Gang, Millman was assassinated
in November, 1937.
George Clarence "Bugs" Moran (1893-1957) - A
Prohibition era gangster, he was affiliated with several gangs
early on and was incarcerated three times before he was 21 years-old. He
was the target in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, but was not yet there
when the killings occurred. He was later captured and
died on February 25, 1957 in Leavenworth
Prison of lung cancer.
Joseph P. Moran
(1905-1934) - A physician known for treating to
gangsters and a peripheral member of the
Barker-Karpis Gang. He was most
likely last doctor to see or treat the mortally wounded
John Dillinger. He was thought to
have been murdered by Alvis Karpis and Fred Barker.
Frank Mulloy - Part of the Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy,
Mulloy spent time in
Murray (??-1966) - Depression era outlaw and partner of Volney Davis
during the early 1930s.
"Jelly” Nash, aka: Charles B. Edgar, Doc Williams (1887-1933) -
Sentenced to life in prison for an
murder, he was later pardoned. In 1920 he was sent back to prison for
robbery, but was again pardoned. In 1924, he was back in prison at
Kansas for assault, but escaped in 1930. He was killed in
the Kansas City Massacre, a shootout at the Union Station railroad depot
on June 17, 1933.
George "Baby Face" Nelson, aka:
Lester Joseph Gillis (1908-1934) - Though his name was actually Lester
Gillis, he was better known by "Baby Face" Nelson during his criminal
days. A major bank robber in the 1930s and partner of
John Dillinger and Homer Van Meter,
The FBI caught up with him in November, 1934. In the gun battle that
ensued, he was shot and killed.
The North Side Gang - Also known as the North
Side Mob, this
criminal organization was primarily made up of Irish-Americans during the
Prohibition era. They were the principal rival of the
Al Capone's gang,
the Chicago Outfit.
Harry "Pete" Pierpont (1902-1934) -
Prohibition era gangster, he was a good friend of
John Dillinger. He was captured
Arizona, extradited to Ohio and sentenced to die in the
electric chair. He was transferred to the Ohio State Prison at Columbus,
and was killed during an escape attempt on September 22, 1934.
Adam "Eddie" Richetti (1909-1938) -
Involved with Vernon Miller and Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy Floyd,"
Richetti was involved in the Kansas City massacre. He was later arrested
and executed in the gas chamber of the Missouri State Penitentiary
on October 7, 1938.
Mary O'Dare -
The girlfriend of
member Raymond Hamilton, the 19 year-old girl was not liked by most of the
members of the gang. After a dispute with Clyde Barrow, she and Hamilton
left the gang.
Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) - Half of
the Bonnie and Clyde pair, these two were criminals who, with their gang,
traveled and robbed numerous locations in the Central United States during
the Great Depression.
Rufe Persful - A gangster and bank robber,
Persful was a trusty at Tucker State Prison Farm in
he chopped off two fingers of his hand to gain transfer to
was later sent to
Donald Phoenix - A
Barker-Karpis Gang member,
Phoenix spent time in
Harry Pierpont (1902-1934) -
Prohibition gangster and friend and mentor of
John Dillinger. He was executed in
the electric chair on October 17, 1934.
Purple Gang - A mob of bootleggers and
hijackers in the 1920s in Detroit, Michigan run by Abe Bernstein. The gang
ran alcohol products fromt he Detroit port from Canada. Some of the most
ruthless bootleggers of their time, they are estimated to have killed more
than 500 rival gang members during Detroit's bootleg wars.
Morris Raider - A member of the
Purple Gang, Raider was sentenced to
12-15 years in prison in 1930 for murder.
David "Chippy" Robinson (1897-??) -
armed robber and contract killer responsible for many crimes during the
Prohibition era. He was a top ranking member of the Egan's Rats
Ralph Roe - A bank robber, Roe was sent to
Along with a man named Theodore Cole, the pair escaped on December 16,
1937 and were never seen again.
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