Historical records matching Red Barker
About Red Barker
Lloyd William "Red" Barker, murdered March 18, 1949, was one of the notorious "Barker Boys" and was the son of American gangster "Ma" Barker.
He and his four brothers, George, Herman, Arthur (aka "Doc"), and Fred, began their crime careers as members of the Central Park Mob of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During the height of the criminal activities of the Barker Gang, Red was incarerated in Leavenworth Penitentiary. In 1922, he was sentenced to twenty-five years for a mail robbery in Baxter Springs, Kansas. He was released in 1938, after serving sixteen years years of his sentence.
Upon his release he joined the US Army and worked as a cook, at a prisoner of war camp at Fort Custer, Michigan. From the Army he received an honorable discharge and earned a good conduct ribbon. He then settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, working at the Denargo Grill, in the Denago Market, Pueblo, Colorado. At the time of his death he was the assistant manager of the Grill.
Red had been living with his common-law wife, Jennie, before they were married in February of 1949. Jennie had two children from a previous marriage and two with Red, Eileen and Michael. According to Jennie, on March 18, 1949 she asked her husband to come home from work to help care for their children. Jennie shot and killed Red as he was entering their residence at 3426 W. 73rd Ave, Westminster, Colorado. Jennie was tried for the murder, claiming that she was afraid that her husband was going to kill her and the children, as he had threatened to do so. Jennie plead not guilty by reason of insanity, and was sentenced to life at the Colorado State Insane Asylum at Pueblo, Colorado.