Arthur Barker

Arthur R. Barker (June 4, 1899 – January 13, 1939) was an American criminal, the son of Ma Barker and a member of the Barker-Karpis gang, founded by his brother Fred Barker and Alvin Karpis. Generally known as "Doc", Barker was typically called on for violent action, while Fred and Karpis planned the gang's crimes. He was arrested and convicted of kidnapping in 1935. Sent to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1936, he was killed three years later while attempting to escape from the Rock.

Arthur Barker
Born
Arthur R. Barker

(1899-06-04)June 4, 1899
DiedJanuary 13, 1939(1939-01-13) (aged 39)
Alcatraz Island, California
Cause of deathGunshot wounds during an escape attempt
Resting placeOlivet Memorial Park
NationalityAmerican
Other namesDoc
Claude Dade
Bob Barker
Criminal statusDeceased
Parent(s)George Elias Barker
Kate "Ma" Barker
Conviction(s)Murder[1]
Kidnapping[2]
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment[1][2]
Partner(s)Barker–Karpis gang
Details
VictimsThomas Sherill (murder)
Leo Pavlak (Murder)
DateAugust 25, 1921 (murder)
June 1933
(William Hamm kidnapping)
January 1934
(Edward Bremer kidnapping)
Span of crimes
1918–1935
CountryUnited States
State(s)Oklahoma
(murder)
Minnesota (kidnappings)
Location(s)Tulsa, Oklahoma (murder)
Saint Paul, Minnesota (kidnappings)
Target(s)William Hamm (kidnapping)
Edward Bremer (kidnapping)
Date apprehended
January 8, 1935
Imprisoned atAlcatraz Federal Penitentiary

Barker is described by one writer as "a dimwit and a drunk", who was little more than a brutal thug.[3] However, fellow Alcatraz inmate Henri Young said of him that he was "determined and ruthless, and that once he started on anything nothing could stop him but death."