Happy Mother’s Day to to all moms everywhere. Moms make the world go round. Even Ma Barker tried hard.
After reading Alvin Karpis’ book “Public Enemy Number One, I now realize that Ma Barker was misunderstood. She was just a poor woman from the Ozarks with a bunch of sociopathic sons, and she never took part in any jobs. When Karpis and Doc and Freddy Barker planned a bank heist or kidnapping, they went out to the car to talk about it. Ma was always left in the dark.
Basically, she was a simpleton.
She eventually got tuned in when she went to the movies with Karpis and Freddy and saw a clip on the big screen about how dangerous and murderous her boys were. But she never stopped being a mom until the day she was cut down by the Feds in a hail of fire.
Moms are like that.