Machine Gun Kelly

George Kelly Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954),[1] better known by his pseudonym "Machine Gun Kelly", was an American gangster from Memphis, Tennessee, during the prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. He is best known for the kidnapping of the oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933, from which he and his gang collected a $200,000 ransom (around $4 million dollars as of today.).[2] Urschel had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation, which eventually led to Kelly's arrest in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 26, 1933.[1] His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery.

Machine Gun Kelly
Mugshot of Kelly
Born
George Kelly Barnes

(1895-07-18)July 18, 1895
DiedJuly 18, 1954(1954-07-18) (aged 59)
Other namesMachine Gun Kelly, Pop Gun Kelly
EducationMississippi State University
OccupationGangster, bootlegger, businessman
Spouse(s)Geneva Ramsey m.1916 div.1926
Kathryn Kelly m.1930