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Ma Barker’s criminal family kill one of their own, George Ziegler

A stock photo showing bullet cases


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...