This Day in History – September 26th, 1933

“Don’t shoot G-Men!” shouted notorious gangster Machine Gun Kelly as he surrendered to FBI agents on this day in 1933, and thus gave the FBI a nick name that stuck.


George Francis Barnes Jr. (July 18, 1900 – July 18, 1954), better known as “Machine Gun Kelly”, was an Irish American gangster during the Prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most famous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, collected a $200,000 ransom. Their victim had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation that eventually led to Kelly’s arrest inMemphis, Tennessee, on September 26, 1933.

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