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John Larry “Bloody Jack” Krafchenko

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John Larry “Bloody Jack” Krafchenko

Birth
Romania
Death
9 Jul 1914 (aged 32–33)
Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Burial
Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Add to Map
Plot
22-0546-0
Memorial ID
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"Bloody Jack" as he was known, was born John Larry Krafchenko in Romania in 1881. In 1888 his family immigrated to Canada and settled near Plum Coulee, Manitoba. By the age of 15 he had been arrested for theft and sentenced to jail. Upon his release, Jack traveled to Australia and trained to become a professional wrestler. He returned to North America and wrestled successfully under the names Australian Tommy Ryan and Pearl Smith. In 1902, he gave up wrestling and returned to Manitoba where his life of crime unfolded. Numerous crimes were committed under various alias names. In 1906 Krafchenko returned to settle near Plum Coulee. On December 3, 1913 Bloody Jack robbed the Plum Coulee Bank of Montreal at gunpoint for a sum of $4200. As he fled to a waiting taxicab, he turned and fired one shot, hitting Mr. Henry M. Arnold, the bank manager and killing him. At his triel Krafchenko was sentenced to hang. He dropped from the gallows on Thursday July 9, 1914 at the Vaughn Street Jail in Winnipeg.



Ref: www.winnipeg.ca/police/history/story8
"Bloody Jack" as he was known, was born John Larry Krafchenko in Romania in 1881. In 1888 his family immigrated to Canada and settled near Plum Coulee, Manitoba. By the age of 15 he had been arrested for theft and sentenced to jail. Upon his release, Jack traveled to Australia and trained to become a professional wrestler. He returned to North America and wrestled successfully under the names Australian Tommy Ryan and Pearl Smith. In 1902, he gave up wrestling and returned to Manitoba where his life of crime unfolded. Numerous crimes were committed under various alias names. In 1906 Krafchenko returned to settle near Plum Coulee. On December 3, 1913 Bloody Jack robbed the Plum Coulee Bank of Montreal at gunpoint for a sum of $4200. As he fled to a waiting taxicab, he turned and fired one shot, hitting Mr. Henry M. Arnold, the bank manager and killing him. At his triel Krafchenko was sentenced to hang. He dropped from the gallows on Thursday July 9, 1914 at the Vaughn Street Jail in Winnipeg.



Ref: www.winnipeg.ca/police/history/story8

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