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

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

  1. John D/:
    I think it was Kelly who first called those arresting him as “G-Men”
    Cool term that stuck well enough.
    As for the inmates escaping…
    Indiana had a notorious record of prison breaks in those days.
    Now, they don’t bother to lock them up long enough to figure out a plan to escape.
    (or, they ship them out to other bad states…lol)

    Sure seems like one or the other.

    Good “double-shot” today.

    Roll safe out there.


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