Carl Janaway - Smartest Bandit of the Cookson Hills

Last surviving bank robber of the 1930's, builder of getaway cars for "Pretty Boy" Floyd & Nursemaid to Al Capone in Alcatraz Prison
  • Published: September 2008
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 364
  • Size: 8.25x11
  • ISBN: 9781425995881

Carl Janaway -

The Smartest Bandit of the Cookson Hills


Last Surviving Bank Robber

of the 1930’s,

Builder of getaway cars for

“Pretty Boy” Floyd,

Nursemaid to Al Capone

in Alcatraz Prison.



Gary D. Courtney


The life, times, and character of one of the most elusive gangsters of the 1930’s era, who survived by going straight after prison and becoming an upstanding citizen.


Based upon the author’s month-long museum exhibit of Carl Janaway’s possessions and story, which filled the John Vaughn Library lobby at Northeastern State University.


Famous Sheriff Grover Bishop, who killed more men (17) than Wyatt Earp, chased Carl Janaway over 3,000 miles, and couldn’t catch him.


Carl’s wife was also a bank robber, called the “Blonde Bandit”, of rough and rowdy Vian, Oklahoma.


Janaway spent time in Alcatraz Prison with some of the deadliest gangsters of the time.


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