this day in crime history: september 26, 1933

This one’s a two-fer. September 26, 1933 was a big day for crime stories.


On this date in 1933, George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes was arrested by FBI agents in Memphis, TN. Kelly, who was asleep when agents burst in on him, surrendered without incident.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Machine Gun Kelly

Amsterdam Evening Recorder – “Machine Gun” Kelly, Notorious Desperado, Captured in Memphis


Also on this date in 1933, ten inmates escaped from the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. The inmates took hostages using three pistols that had been smuggled into the prison. The escapees included Dillinger associates Harry Pierpont, Charles Makley, Russell Clark, and John Hamilton.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Harry Pierpont

JohnDillinger,com – September 1933

2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 26, 1933

  1. John D.:
    Wasn’t Kelly the first one to call the government guys “G-MEN”?
    (thought I read it somewhere)
    Good finish to a notorious felon.

    And that Michigan City prison break…smuggling in PISTILS…now THAT is something no one’s gonna shove into places where the sun NEVER shines.
    Be interested to gear HOW it was done.
    (I’d guess in pieces and then assembled inside)

    Good call on both stories

    Stay safe out there.


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