Blackie Thompson

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Bandit, burglar, crook, privateer

AmericanBorn Irvin Newton Thompson

American outlaw and murderer

Born on May 9, 1893 in Arkansas or Oklahoma , United States

Died on December 6, 1934 in Route 66, Amarillo, Texas , United States

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Blackie Thompson (born Irvin Thompson; 1893 – December 6, 1934) was an American outlaw and murderer active primarily in Oklahoma and Texas.

...   Blackie Thompson (born Irvin Thompson; 1893 – December 6, 1934) was an American outlaw and murderer active primarily in Oklahoma and Texas.


Early life and Osage Indian murders
"Blackie" Thompson was born Irvin Thompson in either Arkansas or Oklahoma in 1893. In 1920, he was sentenced to five years for automobile theft, but was paroled in 1922. He was arrested again on December 22, 1923, for a bank robbery in Grady County. However, in 1924, he was released to serve as an informant in the Osage Indian murders. While Blackie did provide testimony against William King Hale and Ernest Burkhart, he quickly ran off and formed the "Thompson gang."


Thompson gang, later life, and death
Thompson went on to kill a police officer in Drumright, Oklahoma on July 2, 1924, after robbing the First State Bank of Avery. On December 19, 1924, his gang robbed the Security State Bank by loading the bank's entire safe into a truck. He was captured on December 25, 1924. Thompson was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. On August 30, 1933, he escaped from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. He was recaptured in 1934 after robbing several banks in Texas, and sentenced to death on charges of robbery. However, he escaped from Huntsville Prison on July 22, 1934. Blackie was killed in a stolen car on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas on December 6, 1934.


References


External links
Gangbusters Radio Show 1945 episode on Thompson



Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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