|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1912|
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1971|
Texas, Conduct Registers, 1875-1945 - 29 Jun 1935 Convict No 79774
Date Received at Alcatraz 9 Jun 1940 Inmate Number 536
Chapman Seen with Hamilton in Bandit Team
Date: Thursday, June 9, 1938
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Chapman Seen With Hamilton In Bandit Team
Two Robberies In Two Days Blamed on Desperadoes
Minden, La. June 8
Authorities Wednesday night believed former building contractor Charles Chapman, No. 1 badman of the Southwest, within twenty-four hours had engineered two smooth bank robberies in Arkansas and Louisiana, netting him and desperado Floyd Hamilton more than $18,000.
Sheriff's Officers thought the region's two most desperate outlaws--probably with a woman and other men companions--had robbed the Bradley (Ark) bank of $700 Tuesday and the Minden Bank & Trust Company of $18,000 Wednesday morning. In each case the bandits pried into the bank and bound incoming employees until the time lock permitted opening the vault.
This was the method Chapman, a fugitive from Texas penitentiary, used most often.
The officers believed the outlaws fled from Minden in two automobiles and a dark, heavy-set man driving one of the getaway cars at Sikes Ferry, in North Webster Parish, was thought to have been Chapman. The two cars separated from Plain Dealing, twenty-five miles from here, one going toward Arkansas, the other south toward Plain Dealing.
Chapman was known to have a hideaway near Fouke, Ark and was familiar with swamps along Dorcheat Bayou. Hamilton was familiar with the tri-state Rodessa oil field, extending into Texas and Arkansas. Officers therefore streamed into the vague sideroads in Northwest Louisiana.
Ted Walters, fugitive who had broken out of a Texas jail with Hamilton, was identified as his companion at Bradley. The third man at Bradley-was-unidentified.
As the robbers filed out of the Minden bank one of them filled Miss Dorothy Hadwin's purse with nickels from the vault and handed it back to her. It was all the bank salvaged.
A customer identified Hamilton's picture as that of a man he had seen in the bank two weeks ago and officers believed the gunman had been in to get the lay of the land.
The Minden bank was a Federal Reserve member and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents joined heavily armed parish and State officers in the manhunt for the bandits.
After looking at pictures of the outlaws, both Cashier Jack W Meek of Bradley and J E Harper, president of the Minden bank, said Hamilton was one of the bandits in each of the raids.
It was believed Jewel Crenshaw, paroled after a robbery of the Bradley bank several years ago. was a companion of the outlaws in these most recent holdups. She reportedly was with Hamilton when he was recognized by a former schoolmate near Monroe several weeks ago.
Search for the bandits was concentrated in this section, but officers in Texas and Arkansas were maintaining a close lookout.
Friday, October 15, 1971
Paper: Mobile Register (Mobile, AL)
Fort Worth, Texas
Ted Walters, a gangster once compared to his contemporaries Bonnie & Clyde, died on a rural road Thursday with a Texas Ranger's bullet in his head rather than be jailed again.
Walters' last desperate bid for freedom ended midway between Dallas and Fort Worth as he held three members of a family hostage. They escaped unhurt.
A former member of the Hamilton gang which terrorized the Southwest in the 1930's, Walters spent more than 20 years in Alcatraz and Leavenworth. He had been free on federal parole since May.
In the 1940's, he told a interviewer, "I'd rather be shot down like a mad dog than have the cops take me."
Before Walter's imprisonment, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover wrote in a 1938 FBI Bullentin: "The operations of Floyd Hamilton and Huron Ted Walters are similar to those of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They are heavily armed and have stated they will not surrender without a fight."
Walters, 58, started his last brush with the law Wednesday night. A Eueless, Texas, policeman stopped his car for investigation. A shootout erupted and Walters fled on foot carrying a shotgun. He suffered a minor wound. The policeman was uninjured.
A night-long manhunt by law officers followed.
After daybreak, Hoyt Houston, 49, had just finished breakfast in his Bedford home, three miles from Euless. He went out to a small boat shed to return a kitten to its box, noticed a pair of shoes in the kitten box, looked around, and saw a man sprawled across the seats in his boat. It was Walters.
Together they went into the house. Mrs. Houston, who was there with her 5-year-old daughter, Jana, saw Walters was hurt and offered to clean the wound.
The Houston's other daughter, Pam, 15, hearing the commotion, slipped out a window and ran to a neighbor for help.
As Mrs Houston was applying first aid to the gunman, police knocked on the door.
Walters told Mrs Houston to open it and tell the police everything was quite all right. She did so. But the police were suspicious and didn't go away.
Walters ordered the family into the family car. He made Houston sit in front with his wife and nearly hysterical small child at his side, and kept a gun pointed at Houston's head from the back seat.
Police watched as Walters and the Houstons drove away.
Within minutes the Houston car was halted on a little birdge.
Lawmen at the roadblock tried to talk him into surrendering. Walter's wouldn't listen.
While the gangster's attention was momentarily diverted, Texas Ranger Tom Arnold raised his rifle and fired from 100 feet away. The shot hit Walters in the head.
Four more pistol shots slammed into Walters from closer range.
Walters was once a member of the gang led by the notorious Hamilton brothers, Raymond and Floyd, who made headlines in the 30's with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Since then he had dropped from sight behind penitentiary walls.
Police Chief W. M. "Blackie" Sustaire of Eueless said Walters was one of two surviving members of the old Hamilton gang. Floyd operates an aid program for former convicts, he said.
Walters was one of the few who made a bid to get away from Alcatraz. Shot scaling a fence around the prison, he plunged into the icy waters of San Francisco Bay. When fished out an hour later, he was almost paralyzed with cold.
Edgar Birdsong Walters (1889 - 1965)
Ora Gilmore Walters (1892 - 1948)
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