Saturday, November 9, 2019

George “Machine Gun” Kelly

Kelly and Kathryn both received lifetime sentences behind bars. George Kelly Barnes was a bootlegger, bank robber and kidnapper. The 1933 capture of “Machine Gun” Kelly and his wife, Kathryn, set the stage for more headlines to come in 1934.

Caught without a weapon, George Kelly cried, "Don't shoot, G-Men! Don't shoot, G-Men!" as he surrendered to FBI agents. The term became synonymous with the FBI.
Machine Gun Kelly spent his remaining 21 years in prison. He spent 17 years on Alcatraz as inmate number 117, and was transferred back to Leavenworth in 1951. He died of a heart attack at Leavenworth on July 18, 1954. Kathryn Kelly was released from prison in 1958 and lived in anonymity until her death in 1985 at the age of 81.