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Grave of George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes

The gravestone of the notorious "Machine Gun Kelly" is located at the Cottondale Cemetery in Wise County, Texas. George Barnes died in Leavenworth Prison July 18, 1954 after serving 21 years of a life sentence for the kidnapping of Oklahoma oil baron, Charles Urschel. His family never claimed the body, so Cottondale resident, Boss Shannon, requested the body to be shipped to Decatur, Texas by train. Boss was an accomplice in the kidnapping and had previously served 11 years of his life sentence but granted a pardon by President Roosevelt.
George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes is buried in the Shannon family plot. The story goes that several headstones for Barnes had been stolen in years past, so there is now only a simple marker with a purposefully misspelled name.

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