Machine Gun Kelly

1895 - 1954

Machine Gun Kelly

George Kelly Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954), better known by his nickname "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.). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Machine Gun Kelly has received more than 2,461,163 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 83rd most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 83 out of 182Before him are Taha Yassin Ramadan, Jacques Mesrine, Gary Ridgway, Frank Nitti, Wilhelm Voigt, and Luciano Leggio. After him are Horst Mahler, Susan Atkins, Delphine LaLaurie, Shamil Basayev, Robert Stroud, and Omar Abdel-Rahman.

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Among people born in 1895, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 87Before him are Alexander Orlov, Archduke Wilhelm of Austria, Paul Muni, Dino Grandi, Kirsten Flagstad, and Albert Cohen. After him are Max Koegel, Lewis Mumford, Kurt Schumacher, Sheng Shicai, Marcel Janco, and Hanns Albin Rauter. Among people deceased in 1954, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 43Before him are Viktor Abakumov, Onofre Marimón, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, James Hilton, Fritz London, and Lionel Barrymore. After him are Clemens Krauss, Marianne Weber, Princess Margaret of Prussia, Yehuda Ashlag, Emil Leon Post, and Ivan Ilyin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 2,023 out of 12,171Before him are Stephen Lang (1952), Cornell Woolrich (1903), Eazy-E (1964), George Gaylord Simpson (1902), Robert W. Wood (1868), and Ben Carson (1951). After him are Saul Bass (1920), Jennifer Lawrence (1990), Robert Todd Lincoln (1843), James L. Brooks (1940), John Sculley (1939), and Fred Durst (1970).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 27Before him are Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), Jordan Belfort (1962), Whitey Bulger (1929), Edmund Kemper (1948), Aileen Wuornos (1956), and Gary Ridgway (1949). After him are Susan Atkins (1948), Robert Stroud (1890), Robert Ford (1862), Andrew Cunanan (1969), Charles Whitman (1941), and Patty Hearst (1954).