Want to buy a house where someone was murdered? Pennies on the dollar. Fancy owning a firearm used by ruthless criminals in the felony murder of not one but two police officers? Beware platinum Amex melt-down. To wit: “Two guns believed seized from gangsters Bonnie and Clyde in 1933 after a deadly Missouri shootout with police sold for a combined $210,000 at an auction on Saturday in Kansas City to an unnamed online bidder,” reuters.com reports. “The bidder paid $130,000 for a .45-caliber Thompson submachine gun, known as a “Tommy gun” in gangster slang.” Make the jump for the gun’s provenance and a video tour of the deadly shootout . . .
The guns were seized after a police shootout with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Joplin, Missouri, on April 13, 1933. Police raided an apartment where the couple was hiding out. Bonnie and Clyde escaped, but two officers died in the shootout.
A police officer later gave the weapons to Mark Lairmore, a Tulsa police officer, and they remained in the Lairmore family, according to a Mayo account of the guns’ history.
A great-grandson of Lairmore, also named Mark Lairmore, said the family no longer saw a need for the guns, which had been in a police museum in Springfield, Missouri, from 1973 until late last year.
So cops stole the guns (a.k.a., evidence) from the state. The Lairmore family used the Tommy Gun (and an 1897 shotgun also deployed by the bad guys) to suck-in ticket revenue. and then cashed-in for a three-figure payday.
Your blood money—I mean, tax money hard at work. For someone else.