These are the opening lines of Alvin "Old Creepy" Karpis' unique auto-biography. In its nostalgic pages, one of the 1930's most notorious and colorful underworld figures - Public Enemy Number One in an era that saw such contenders for the title as John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd-tells all and tells it like it was. "The book," Karpis writes, "is basically the story of what went on among us better known thieves of the Depression era and also what seemed to make us tick." And tick it does, like a time bomb set against a safe.
From his early days as a petty thief, his meeting with Freddie Barker and the Karpis - Ma Barker gang's personal crime wave that swept the Midwest and carried them into the headlines, to his enduring duel of nerve and wits with his nemeses, J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Alvin Karpis recalls a remarkable life in crime.
At the same time, he re-creates the full flavor of a unique chapter in American history: the desperado-ridden years of the Depression, when payroll heists and bank robberies, and gunpoint confrontations between cops and robbers filled the front pages and the daring escapades and high living of the Karpis-Barker gang provided a colorful contrast to the severity of those very hard times. Completely candid and startling in its revelations, The Alvin Karpis Story brings to dimensional life all the legendary and infamous characters who peopled that extraordinary world'