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 – September 1933

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

  1. Good day for the FBI and a bad day for the Indiana prison system (which would have more egg on its collective face when Dillinger broke out of Crown Point).


    • The Crown Point breakout would have more of an impact on Sheriff Lillian Holley, who ran the Lake County Jail. It also ended the political career of Prosecutor Robert Estill, who posed for a chummy photo with Dillinger just before the escape.


  2. John D.:
    If memory serves, I believe that this was the FIRST time that the FEDS were called “G-Men” (by Kelly).

    Also, Indiana sure didn’t have a great record when it came to KEEPING prisoners in tyhe hoosegow.
    (now they don;t even make it TI jail, before they’re turned back out…lol)..

    Nice find.

    Roll safe out there.


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