Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wednesday, July 26, 1933

Pauline and Gweyn and Baby Doll were over. Mother is up today. Today was girl's day at the swimming pool but I didn't get to go.

George "Machine Gun" Kelly being led from the
Shelby County, TN, jail for his trip to Oklahoma
City, where his and Kathryn's trial was held

Continued from July 25 ...

In October 1933, George and Katherine Kelly were convicted and sentenced to life
imprisonment. Their accomplices were tried separately but received the same
sentence. The trials were held at the Post Office, Courthouse and Federal
Office Building in Oklahoma City. Eventually all chages against Kathryn
Kelly were dropped, and she was released in released from prison in 1958.

The kidnapping of Urschel and the two trials that resulted were historic in several ways:
 1) they were the first, last, and only federal criminal trials in the United States in
which moving cameras were allowed to film; 2) the first kidnapping trials after the
passage of the so-called Lindbergh Law, which made kidnapping a federal crime; 
3) the first major case solved by J. Edgar Hoover's evolving and powerful FBI.
For that, and for bragging he was going to break out of Leavenworth and get
Kathryn out in time for them to spend Christmas together, Kelly got sent to
 Alcatraz; 4) the first crime in which defendants were transported by airplane.
At the time, it was the largest ransom ever paid in the United States.

George "Machine Gun" Kelly was eventually transported back to Leavenworth,
where he died of heart trouble. After she was released from prison, Kathryn
returned to Oklahoma and worked as a bookkeeper until her death.

The End (of this crime story, anyway)

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