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Alvin Creepy Karpis (1907-1979)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (1907-1979)

Description: Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (Alvin Francis Karpowicz; August 10, 1907-August 26, 1979), notorious bank robber and kidnapper, and member of the infamous Barker-Karpis Gang of the 1930s. He is shown after his release from prison in 1969. Karpis, a native of Canada, was deported to that country. He later wrote a book about his criminal exploits, but much of what he claimed was contested as fabrications. Karpis met Fred Barker in prison and when they were released, he joined the Barker Gang, made up of Ma Barker (titular head), Arthur "Dock" Barker, Fred Barker and others, committing many bank robberies in which several murders were also committed. In 1933, Karpis and the Barkers kidnapped William Hamm, a millionaire Minnesota brewer, releasing him unharmed after receiving a $100,000 ransom. They later kidnapped wealthy Minnesota banker Edward Bremer, Jr., collecting a $200,000 ransom. Following the shoot-out deaths of Ma and Fred Barker in 1935, and the apprehension and imprisonment of Dock Barker, Karpis, with a few other bandits, including Harry Campbell, continued robbing banks and even held up an Ohio train (netting $27,000). Karpis was the last felon listed by J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, as "Public Enemy Number One." Hoover had been criticized by Washington members of Congress as never having made a personal arrest and was therefore unfit to lead the FBI. When Hoover learned that Karpis was hiding out in New Orleans, he flew to that city, and, with a dozen agents, surprised and personally arrested Karpis in May 1936. Karpis was sent to prison for life, serving time at Alcatraz, but was later paroled. He earned his sobriquet "Creepy" or "Old Creepy" after a medical quack performed a botch plastic surgery on his face, making him look grotesque.

Category: Crime

Keywords: Alvin Karpis, Creepy Karpis, crime, criminals, criminology, criminal justice, kidnapping, kidnappers, bank robbers, bank robbing, J. Edgar Hoover, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ma Barker, Fred Barker, Arthur Barker, Dock Barker, Harry Campbell, Public Enemy Number One, Alcatraz

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1050 x 1219 (1.28 MPixels) (1.16)

Print Size: 8.9 x 10.3 cm; 3.5 x 4.1 inches

File Size: 3.67 MB (3,844,956 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004130

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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