Wanted by the FBI / Captured by G-Men
Wanted by the FBI
On August 16, 1935, FBI Special Agents Nelson B. Klein and Donald C. McGovern spotted car thief George W. Barrett here. Barrett, a convicted criminal, ran a scam stealing cars, altering them, then selling them. He transported cars over state lines, violating National Motor Vehicle Theft Act, passed in 1919. The federal law helped catch many criminals in 1920’s and 1930’s.
Captured by G-Men
Klein called upon Barrett to surrender. Barrett opened fire near here, killing Klein and getting wounded himself. A 1934 law made killing a government agent a federal offense, punishable by death. Barrett was tried and convicted in Indianapolis and hanged March 24, 1936.
Erected 2017 by Indiana Historical Bureau and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.
Location. 39° 33.988′ N, 84° 49.125′ W. Marker is in West College Corner, Indiana, in Union County. Marker is on Church Street (County Route 450 S) near Mound Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is to the right of the front gate to "The Grove" (city park). Marker is at or near this postal address: 306 Church St, West College Corner IN 47003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6
Additional keywords. Crime, Law Enforcement FBI
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.