I love when 'famous' criminal houses come up for sale.
The Florida house where infamous 1930s gang leader Ma Barker made her last stand against FBI agents is for sale. Carson Good, one of 10 remaining descendants of Carson Bradford, who
built the house in 1930, said the family has decided to put the
Ocklawaha house up for sale for the first time since it was built, the
Orlando Sentinel reported today.
The house was the scene of the FBI gun battle that ended the lives of
Kate "Ma" Barker and her son, Fred Barker. The sale includes FBI
documents about the incident, which is regarded as the longest shootout
in the history of the bureau.
Stirling Sotheby's International Realty, which is handling the sale, said offers are being accepted through Oct. 5.
The Orlando Sentinelcomments on the marketing of this property. Be sure and read the large type! As if...
Sales brochures for this lakefront house near The Villages highlight
the bullet holes — patched over in the dining-room and bedroom walls
after what is regarded as the longest shootout in FBI history.
Marketing materials include FBI reports describing 1930s gangland
criminal Ma Barker and one of her sons "lying lifeless in pools of
blood." One black-and-white photo shows a cache of weapons reportedly
taken from the house on Lake Weir.
The blood-hyped pitch is aimed at selling — for the first time — the
Ocklawaha retreat known for the infamous 1935 melee in which about
dozen federal agents surrounded the two-story, wood-frame house and
fired more than 2,000 rounds during an entire morning. Inside were Ma
Barker and one of her four sons, Fred Barker. It's a story that has been
the subject of books and movies, with Shelley Winters playing Kate "Ma" Barker in the 1970 film "Bloody Mama."
For the first time since it was built by Miami entrepreneur Carson
Bradford in 1930, the vacation home once described by the late FBI
Director J. Edgar Hoover as the "scene of the battle" is being offered
for sale by Bradford's descendants. Orlando
resident Carson Good, one of 10 remaining family members, said that,
with the death of some older relatives, it's time to put the house on
"We really would like to see it go into the right
hands," said Good, who oversees retail-capital markets in Florida for
the commercial-real-estate brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle. "People have approached us over the years, but we never wanted to sell. We love the property."
The suggested starting price for the 10-acre property in southeast Marion County: $1 million. Offers are being accepted through Stirling Sotheby's
International Realty through Oct. 5. Even if the property had no
structures on it, the lakefront acreage might be worth $800,000, said
Roger Soderstrom, broker for Heathrow-based Stirling Sotheby's.
"There's unbelievable interest around the world in crime memorabilia.
People have never seen a property where everything is intact from the
time of the event," said Soderstrom, who is overseeing the sale. "We
think the buyer could be someone who has a passion for crime memorabilia
and who wants to build their own house [on the property] and keep this
as a collector's house. It could be a bed-and-breakfast. You could have
Aside from the home's well-preserved condition
and period furnishings, including some original pieces, what sets this
offering apart is the trove of related FBI documents that detail one of
the highest-profile gangland shootouts of its era.
leader of the Barker-Karpis gang, was labeled Public Enemy No. 1 by the
federal government for a spree of murders, kidnappings and robberies
throughout the Midwest in the early 1930s. After Barker rented the
Ocklawaha house as a hide-out, federal agents learned of it when they
found clues during a raid of the Chicago home of another son, Arthur
"Doc" Barker, just a month before the siege.
A hand-drawn sketch
from federal authorities shows an overview of the Central Florida house
with the names and positions of the agents who surrounded it starting at
6 a.m. Jan. 16, 1935, armed with three machine guns, two rifles, two
shotguns, gas canisters and other equipment, including bulletproof