|Oklawaha, Florida - Where Ma Barker Was Killed|
Ma Barker, born Arizona Donnie Clark, was portrayed by the media of the time as one of the leaders of the Barker/Karpis gang. This group of outlaws carried out murders, kidnappings and robberies from Minnesota south to Arkansas during the early 1930s. They were contemporaries of and as well known as such infamous 1930s outlaws as Bonnie & Clyde, John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson.
Courtesy of the FBI
After a brief stop in Miami, they ended up in the charming lakeside community of Oklawaha. Located just south of Ocala, the village sits on the northern shore of Lake Weir, a beautiful body of water that is popular for boating, fishing and other outdoor activities. There they rented a lakeside cottage and quietly tried to wait out the manhunt that was sweeping the nation for them.
|Weapons captured after shootout with the Barkers|
The Ma Barker House still stands in Oklawaha, but is in private hands today. To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/mabarker.