Humble beginnings – The first heist


Kate Barker was quite a stunner in the early 1900s in the US Midwest. Even as a young seventeen yr old, her drop dead gorgeous looks made more than a few eligible young men swoon. Just one look from her and even men whose nerves were made of steel would melt.

People couldn’t quite put their fingers on what exactly made her tick – was it the way she tied her hair up in a bun with a cute little flower in it, was it the way her dresses were always exquisite in their design, pattern and fit, was it the fact that she was not a classical beauty in the true sense of the word but still had enough grace and elegance to present herself beautifully well in social gatherings. Whatever it was, it worked wonderfully well for Kate and what she did.

Kate first met George when she was all of 18 yrs old and they immediately hit it off. George was someone who loved flirting with danger and Kate found that extremely sexy in him. Whenever he would narrate stories of how he managed to out pace the police cars after an extremely drunk night when he got into a bloody brawl at some pub somewhere, she was fascinated by these tales, and so much wanted to be part of them. There was something about danger that had always fascinated Kate and George provided that ‘high’ to her.

In 1903, George invited Kate to be part of his gang to rob a bank in Tulsa City and not just be a bystander but also to play an active part in the heist itself. On February 3rd, at around noon when the bank was just about to close for the day, Kate found herself all decked up with make up befitting an actress of the days at the counter of the bank, warming up to the guard standing near the cash counter. She was pretending to be completely at a loss as to how to open a checkings account at the bank and was asking the teller for his assistance in understanding the procedure, the formalities and also requesting him to fill up the application form for her.

While Kate was keeping the guard engaged, George noisily came into the bank chewing a wad of tobacco which he spat on the floor of the bank. Some of the customers who were already there looked at him in disgust and immediately went out of the bank. Two of George’s friends who had accompanied him had sprayed some whiskey on their clothes and generally looked so disheveled that the rest of the customers in the bank were so turned off that they quickly finished their business at the bank and went their ways.

With the bank almost empty, on cue, Kate pouted her lips and smooched the guard. Caught unawares, the guard was unable to see Kate’s hand come up with a hankie with medical grade ether which she promptly put on his nose and rendered him harmless, at least for the next 3-4 hrs. The remaining two bank staffers were quietened down when they saw George and his accomplices pull out sawed off double barreled shotguns from their saddle bags which they had brought into the bank with them.

Taking the money from the bank and making a quick getaway on their horses was then just a simple matter of formality for the gang. This robbery would be the first of many that George and Kate would then go on to be part of over the course of the next 25 odd years before the long hand of the law caught up with them.


This post is written based on the Three Word Wednesday prompt for 04-Sep-2013. This week, the prompt was to use the words – disgust, pout, wad in the post and that is the reason that these words have been specifically highlighted.

This story is loosely based on the character of Kate Barker, better known as Ma Barker, more details about whom can be found at this link [Link to Wikipedia article]. It is a re-imagination of her past and attempts to recreate events assuming she had been a criminal in her younger years. The disclaimer is that this post is a pure work of fiction and is not intended to offend anybody in any form or fashion.


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