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Mother and son from the Ma Barker gang are tracked down and killed

A stock photo of bullet casings


With one of her sons, Arthur, already arrested, legendary mother-cum-criminal ‘Ma’ Barker was shot dead, along with her favourite son Fred, on this day in 1935.

These deaths spelt the end for her infamous family gang of thieves and murderers.

Neither of the Barker’s went easily, however they lasted four hours in a shoot-out with the FBI at a rented cottage in Lake Weir, Florida...