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Subject: For journalist-ga
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: creamofcards-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 31 Jul 2004 06:50 PDT
Expires: 30 Aug 2004 06:50 PDT
Question ID: 381658
Hi journalist-ga,
Please extract important and interesting facts about the gangsters
below from several reliable sources and create 60-80 word summaries
from them in your own words.

Bonnie and Clyde (please treat these two gangsters as one),
Machine Gun Kelly,
Al Capone,
Pretty Boy Floyd,
Baby Face Nelson

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Request for Question Clarification by journalist-ga on 02 Aug 2004 09:01 PDT
Greetings Creamofcards,

I am currently working on this answer and I should have the infomation
to you by this afternoon (Monday, 8/2).  Thanks again for requesting
my research services. :)

Best regards,
Subject: Re: For journalist-ga
Answered By: journalist-ga on 02 Aug 2004 12:21 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Greetings Creamofcards,

As opposed to filling your answer box with the complete info from my
research sources, I?m abbreviating the link references to reflect the
content topic.  If this is not in line with your attribution needs,
let me know and I?ll be happy to return to the sources and copy/paste
the entire text I referenced for the synopses.


Born Lester M. Gillis (1908-1934), "Baby Face" Nelson earned his
nickname due to his youthful countenance and 5'4" stature.  A talented
car thief by the age of fourteen, this landed him in a boy?s home in
1922.  Joining Al Capone?s gang after his release, Gillis served as a
general thug and quickly moved on to burglary.  Sent to prison in 1931
for bank robbery, he escaped a year later and remained at large until
1934 when he died following an FBI gun battle.

Al Capone resource

Juvenile appearance nickname

FBI kills Gillis

Birth and death dates


A colorful and daring modern outlaw, Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd
(1904-1934) became a popular part of American folklore when dust bowl
balladeer Woody Guthrie composed a song about Floyd?s life.  A
rumrunner and accomplished bank robber, he earned his moniker when
described to police as "a pretty boy with apple cheeks."  J. Edgar
Hoover?s vendetta to annihilate him included the blame that Floyd was
involved in the infamous Kansas City Massacre, an accusation that
Floyd denied until the end of his life.

Woody Guthrie song ?The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd?

Minor details (birth/death)

Earning nickname

Denying presence at Kansas City Massacre


Alphonse Gabriel "Scarface" Capone (1899-1947), possibly the 20th
century?s most infamous gangster, was nicknamed after a bar fight in
which his face was slashed by a patron?s knife.  An early schoolmate
of Salvatore "Lucky Luciano" Lucania, Capone was first a racketeer for
Johnny "The Fox" Torrio?s mob and eventually commanded its operations
by 1925. Hotly pursued by legendary FBI agent Elliot Ness, Capone?s
criminal dealings eluded police evidence so deftly that he was finally
incarcerated in Alcatraz prison on a tax fraud conviction.

Birth and death

Schoolmate of Lucania

Torrio mob



Born George Kelly Barnes (1895-1954) to a wealthy Tennessee family,
"Machine Gun Kelly" was so nicknamed after his weapon of choice.  A
successful bootlegger by age 20, Barnes later moved on to bank
robbing, and in 1933 he conspired with gangster Boss Shannon in the
kidnapping of millionaire Charles F. Urschel who was later released,
assisting in bringing his captors to justice.  Credited with giving
FBI agents the moniker "G-men," Barnes died in prison on his 59th

Tennessee background, born, died


Urschel kidnapping

Boss Shannon


Known as the Romeo and Juliet of crime, Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and
Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) met in 1930 and later teamed in 1932 to form
The Barrow Gang that included Clyde?s brother, Buck, and Buck?s wife,
Blanche.  Robbing banks, gas stations and small businesses across the
nation, Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a 1934 police ambush.  Toward
the end if their crime spree, Parker, a petite (4?11")
strawberry-blonde, immortalized their lives and love by authoring and
mailing to newspapers the now famous poem, "The Story of Bonnie and

Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, meet, born died

Poem ? saga of Bonnie and Clyde

Crime spree and physical description of Parker

The Barrow Gang and Buck

Thank you again for the opportunity to assist in your research.  :)

Best regards,


?Baby Face Nelson?
"Baby Face Nelson" died
?Baby Face Nelson? nickname
?Pretty Boy Floyd?
?Charles Arthur Floyd?
?Pretty Boy Floyd? Woody Guthrie
?Charles Arthur Floyd? born died
?Al Capone?
?Alphonse Capone?
?Al Capone? nickname
?Al Capone? born died
?Machine Gun Kelly?
?Machine Gun Kelly? born died
?Machine Gun Kelly? bootlegger
?Machine Gun Kelly? Boss Shannon
?Bonnie Parker? born died
?Clyde Barrow? born died
?The Barrow Gang? members
?Story of Bonnie and Clyde? poem

Request for Answer Clarification by creamofcards-ga on 03 Aug 2004 10:56 PDT
Hi journalist-ga,
Thank you for the last answer. I've submitted another question about
Wild West Outlaws for you.
creamofcards-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Needed extracts from original sources for easy reviewing but otherwise great!

Subject: Re: For journalist-ga
From: journalist-ga on 03 Aug 2004 13:15 PDT
Creamofcards, thank you for your kind words and the 5-star rating! 
Before I begin work on your next query, would you like me to return to
these links and cut and paste the text references here for you?

I will include them when answering your future queries.

Best regards,

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