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, 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 2,864,553 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Machine Gun Kelly is the 23rd most popular extremist (up from 82nd in 2019), the 497th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,023rd in 2019) and the 9th 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 23 out of 205Before him are Zodiac Killer, Albert Fish, Abdullah Öcalan, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Charles Ponzi, and Cleon. After him are Jim Jones, Amon Göth, John Wayne Gacy, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Carlos the Jackal, and Mehmet Ali Ağca.

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Among people born in 1895, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 29Before him are Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Sergei Yesenin, Henrik Dam, Dolores Ibárruri, Zog I of Albania, and Anastas Mikoyan. After him are Igor Tamm, Babe Ruth, László Moholy-Nagy, Gerhard Domagk, Oskar Dirlewanger, and Buckminster Fuller. Among people deceased in 1954, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 11Before him are Enrico Fermi, Robert Capa, Colette, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Princess Märtha of Sweden, and André Derain. After him are Andrey Vyshinsky, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Getúlio Vargas, Dziga Vertov, Alcide De Gasperi, and Maximilian von Weichs.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 497 out of 15,968Before him are Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), Nat King Cole (1919), Viggo Mortensen (1958), Sidney Sheldon (1917), and Harold Lloyd (1893). After him are Mary Higgins Clark (1927), Natalie Wood (1938), Demi Moore (1962), 50 Cent (1975), Whoopi Goldberg (1955), and Rutherford B. Hayes (1822).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Machine Gun Kelly ranks 9Before him are Ted Bundy (1946), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ed Gein (1906), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), and Albert Fish (1870). After him are Jim Jones (1931), John Wayne Gacy (1942), H. H. Holmes (1861), Barry Seal (1939), Butch Cassidy (1866), and Henry Lee Lucas (1936).