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Raymond Hamilton captured in 1935....

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April 06, 1935

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 6, 1935

* Raymond Hamilton captured (Southwest outlaw)
* Bonnie and Clyde fame

This 34 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page that include: "RAYMOND HAMILTON CAPTURED IN TEXAS POSING AS A TRAMP", "Desperado Who Fled the Death House Seized as He Walks Ties in Disguise", and more with smaller subheads. Lengthy text carries over onto the back page. Nice to have in this famous NYC title and on the front page.

Other news of the day throughout from during the depression era. Light browning, otherwise nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Raymond Hamilton (May 21, 1913 – May 10, 1935) was a member of the notorious Barrow Gang during the early 1930s. By the time he was 21 years old he had accumulated a prison sentence of 362 years.

Little is known about Hamilton's childhood. He was born in Oklahoma and raised in Dallas, Texas, where he received his minor public education. He met Clyde Barrow who lived in the same neighborhood as Hamilton when both men were youths, and later he would join the "Barrow Gang". Hamilton participated in the killing of Deputy Sheriff Eugene C. Moore when Moore and Sheriff Charlie Maxwell became suspicious of the men at an outdoor country dance in Stringtown, Oklahoma. Sheriff Maxwell also sustained six gunshot wounds in the exchange, but survived. It was Barrow's and Hamilton's first murder of a police officer.

Hamilton's presence in the group was often problematic, with Clyde Barrow and other members of the gang commonly referring to his girlfriend Mary O'Dare as "the washerwoman." When Hamilton was imprisoned at the Eastham prison farm north of Huntsville, Texas, Bonnie and Clyde raided the farm to free him and four other prisoners on January 16, 1934. One of the other escapees, Joe Palmer, killed a guard and caused a series of events which led to Texas Prison System chief Lee Simmons to issue a shoot to kill order against Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Simmons hired Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who formed a six man posse in order to execute this order. Hamilton left the Barrow Gang after a fight about O'Dare and was recaptured on April 25, 1934. He was in prison when Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were ambushed and killed by Hamer's posse on May 23, 1934.

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