Arthur R. “Doc” Barker

Arthur R. “Doc” Barker

Aurora, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA
Death 13 Jan 1939 (aged 39)
North Beach, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Grave number 368AZ, Cosmos Plot (Potter's Field)
Memorial ID 5856079 · View Source
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Criminal. The third son of Kate "Ma" Barker and a member of the Barker Gang, Doc Barker spent much of his life in and out of prison. In January 1935, he was arrested for the last time for his role in the 1934 Barker Gang kidnapping and ransom of Minnesota banker Edward G. Bremer and was sentenced to life in prison at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. He was later transferred to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary later that same year. On January 13, 1939, he led an escape attempt with fellow inmates William Martin, Rufus McCain, Dale Stamphill, and Henri Young. Making it out of the prison and down to the shore of the island, the escape ultimately failed when prison guards opened fire on the inmates. During the shooting, Barker was mortally wounded and died later that day. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Colma, California and a cenotaph can be found next to his parents and brothers in Welch, Oklahoma.

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