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The Alvin Karpis Story

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Story of Alvin Karpis, released from prison in 1968 having served 33 years of the life sentence he received for the kidnapping of William Hamm Jr of the Hamm Brewweries in Minneapolis-St Paul.
256 pages
Published 1971 by McClelland and Stewart
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Mark
Apr 19, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
I knew a little about Alvin Karpis from Bryan Burrough's book Public Enemies. Karpis was the last of the great Depression Era Gangsters. Unlike most of his contemporaries who were killed, Karpis was captured alive by the FBI in 1936, and served more time in Alcatraz than any other prisoner. He was paroled in 1969 and died in 1979.

This is the inside story of the Karpis-Barker gang, told by Karpis himself. I couldn't put it down. It's a good read if you like reading about crime in the 1930's.
Katie
May 20, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
A great read! Karpis frolics his way through the depression, Prohibition and the gangsters with an unholy glee, busting a number of FBI myths in the process. He's one of the view Public Enemies to have survived and lived to tell the tale, and it's a fascinating tale. He makes no apologies, offers no excuses, just presents his life as it was. His views on Dillinger, the Barkers, Baby Face Nelson and co are fascinating. A thoroughly enjoyable read - I couldn't put it down.
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