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Machine Gun Kelly

1895 - 1954

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George Kelly Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954), better known by his pseudonym "Machine Gun Kelly", was an American gangster from Memphis, Tennessee, active during the Prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. He is best known for the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933, from which he and his gang collected a $200,000 ransom. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Machine Gun Kelly has received more than 3,663,171 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Machine Gun Kelly is the 29th most popular extremist (down from 23rd in 2019), the 572nd most popular biography from United States (down from 497th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Extremist.

Machine Gun Kelly is most famous for his song "Bad Boy" which is a tribute to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.

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Among extremists, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 29 out of 209Before him are John Wayne Gacy, Jim Jones, Carlos the Jackal, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Amon Göth, and Cleon. After him are Luis Carrero Blanco, Mehmet Ali Ağca, Frederick Trump, Otto Ohlendorf, H. H. Holmes, and Andreas Baader.

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Among people born in 1895, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 39Before him are Cemal Gürsel, Levi Eshkol, Vladimir Propp, Ragnar Frisch, Igor Tamm, and Ludvík Svoboda. After him are László Moholy-Nagy, Khorloogiin Choibalsan, Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Jürgen Stroop, and Vasily Blokhin. Among people deceased in 1954, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 18Before him are Alcide De Gasperi, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Maximilian von Weichs, Dziga Vertov, Otto Diels, and Andrey Vyshinsky. After him are The French Angel, Jacinto Benavente, Claude Cahun, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Auguste Perret, and Hannes Meyer.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 572 out of 18,182Before him are Harold Lloyd (1893), Alfred Kinsey (1894), Gwen Stefani (1969), William P. Murphy (1892), Henry Mancini (1924), and Walter Matthau (1920). After him are D. B. Cooper (1931), Richard Meier (1934), William Holden (1918), Robert Kardashian (1944), Reese Witherspoon (1976), and Mark Zuckerberg (1984).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 11Before him are Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), John Wayne Gacy (1942), and Jim Jones (1931). After him are H. H. Holmes (1861), William Kemmler (1860), George Jung (1942), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), Butch Cassidy (1866), and Edmund Kemper (1948).