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This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. September 2015 Learn how and when to remove this template message During the Prohibition era of the 1920s and 1930s Kelly worked as a bootlegger for himself as well as a colleague. To protect his family and escape law enforcement officers, he changed his name to George R. He was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma , for smuggling liquor onto an Indian Reservation in 1928 and sentenced to three years at Leavenworth Penitentiary, Kansas , beginning February 11, 1928.
He was reportedly a model inmate and was released early. Urschel , October 2, 1933. George and Kathryn Kelly receive life sentences for the Urschel kidnapping, October 12, 1933. Urschel and his friend Walter R. Urschel, having been blindfolded, made note of evidence of his experience including remembering background sounds, counting footsteps and leaving fingerprints on surfaces in reach. This proved invaluable for the FBI in its investigation, as agents concluded that Urschel had been held in Paradise, Texas , based on sounds that Urschel remembered hearing while he was being held hostage.
An investigation conducted at Memphis disclosed that the Kellys were living at the residence of J. Special agents from Birmingham, Alabama , were immediately dispatched to Memphis, where, in the early morning hours of September 26, 1933, a raid was conducted. The term, which had applied to all federal investigators, became synonymous with FBI agents.
The couple was immediately removed to Oklahoma City. They were both indicted at Dallas , Texas , on October 4, 1933, charged with harboring a fugitive and conspiracy, and on October 17, 1933, Coleman, after entering a plea of guilty, was sentenced to serve one year and one day, and Casey after trial and conviction, was sentenced to serve two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Death[ edit ] His gravestone, marked "George B. Machine Gun Kelly spent his remaining 21 years in prison. During his time at Alcatraz he got the nickname "Pop Gun Kelly".
This was in reference, according to a former prisoner, to the fact that Kelly was a model prisoner and was nowhere near the tough, brutal gangster his wife made him out to be. He spent 17 years on Alcatraz as inmate number 117, working in the prison industries, and boasting of and exaggerating his past escapades to other inmates, and was quietly transferred back to Leavenworth in 1951.
He died of a heart attack at Leavenworth on July 18, 1954, his 59th birthday, and is buried at Cottondale Texas Cemetery with a small headstone marked "George B.
Kelly is portrayed by Victor Lundin. Machine Gun Kelly is referenced in the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer by a former Alcatraz Corrections Officer, turned tour guide Phil Hartman as having blinded a prison "girlfriend" during his incarceration on the island.
Machine Gun Kelly is mentioned by a professor in Mindhunter while giving a presentation to a class.