CRIME: The Last of the Barkers

Lloyd ("Red") Barker was a little different from his desperate, murderous brothers Herman, "Doc" and Freddie, the baby of the family. He never killed anyone, but that wasn't because his mother Kate Barker didn't teach him well. It was just that the Federals got him first—in 1921, for a mail stickup in Baxter Springs, Kans. They put him away in Leavenworth for 25 years.

Lloyd was really Ma Barker's only failure. She could barely read or write, but she taught all her boys to rob and kill and keep their mouths shut. She...

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