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The Truth Behind True Grit
On July 1, 1896, the five members of the Rufus Buck Gang were executed. In July 1895, the gang embarked on a 13-day crime spree. Found guilty, they were the only men to hang in Fort Smith for rape. This was, quite possibly, the largest mass execution for rape in U.S. history.
This two-story lakefront wood frame house in rural Ocklawaha, 62 miles northwest of Orlando, is the site where FBI reportedly fired 2,000 shots during a four-hour stand-off to gun down gangland legend Ma Barker in 1935. Kept in the family since the famous gangland boss' final stand, the home is still riddled with the bullet holes from the gun-fight. The 10 acres property is now up for sale - bullet holes and all, and is expected to fetch a million dollars. via dailymail.co.uk
St. Paul Gangster tour. Explore the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings, and gun battles associated with the 1930's gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson. See the sights where the gangsters lived it up as they planned and executed some of the most notorious crimes ever perpetrated in the upper Midwest. Your guide takes you past the most infamous gangster hideouts and the famous nightclubs where many gangsters spent time socializing with the public due to the O'Conner system.
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Ma Barker, whose sons Herman, Lloyd, Arthur ("Doc"), and Freddie used her as a cover, said that her boys were driven to crime by poverty. Along with Freddie, she was killed in an FBI shoot-out near Oklawaha, FL. Fearing a scandal when the public found out his agents had killed someone's mother, J. Edgar Hoover invented the myth of Ma Barker as the evil mastermind of the Barker-Karpis gang, who had led her sons astray. Karpis later said that she had nothing to do with her sons' crimes
Ma Barker's Florida Hideout for Sale
Ma Barker in an undated file photo. Ma Barker: The lakefront hideout in Ocklawaha, Florida, where the FBI gunned down her and a son in 1935 is up for sale for $1 million, reports Reuters. It's even got bullet holes—along with 11 acres and a sandy beach. Though Barker is reputed to have been a gangster mastermind, Reuters notes that there's little evidence she had much to do with her four sons' criminal exploits. See more about the house and Barker here.
House where legendary gangster 'Ma' Barker was shot dead after three-hour gunfight with FBI goes on market for $1m (and it's even still got the bullet holes)
Taken directly after the raid this picture shows the house where Fred and Ma Barker were both were slain after a four hour gun battle with the F.B.I.