Like Charles Manson, Ma Barker never actually killed. Unlike Manson, Ma Barker never rationalised her family’s killing ways, for she was no intellectual. As a gang member recalled, “It is no insult to Ma’s memory that she just didn’t have the know-how to direct us on a robbery ...when we were arranging a job, we’d send her to a movie. Ma saw a lot of movies”. The real mastermind behind the gang was George Ziegler, so blowing his head off, quite literally, heralded the end for Ma and her boys... Read the full Ma Barker Crime File
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