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Alvin "Creepy" Karpis Seeks Deportation Parole from Alcatraz

Jan. 28, 1962 - Alvin “Creepy” Karpis (pictured in 1936), once listed as United States Public Enemy No. 1, is seeking a deportation parole that would allow him to return to his native Montreal. Karpis, 53 years old, has been in Alcatraz Prison for 25 years. Karpis was a child when his parents migrated to Topeka, Kan., from Montreal. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy in the 1933 kidnapping of William Hamm, a brewer from St. Paul, Minn. The gang that did the kidnapping collected a $100,000 ransom. Karpis was caught in New Orleans May 1, 1936. There were only four persons ever given the title of “Public Enemy No. 1” by the FBI, and Karpis was the only one to be taken alive. The other three — John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson — were all killed before being captured.


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