In the aftermath, the cops found a bunch of stuff. They also
seized two cars. A Ford Roadster owned by Earl Stanton of Miami, OK.
(This is from The Joplin Globe, dated April 16, 1933), and it said
that the Roadster was stolen "last Wednesday". This would be April
12th, only the day before the shootout. The second car is probably
the rarest Barrow car of all, the Marmon. It is rare, not because
there weren't many of them, but because it actually seems to have
been acquired legally. The Police had found the title to the car
in the name of Carl Beaty 31, of Dallas. They thought at first that
he was a member of the gang or that his name was one of Clyde's alias.
The Dallas police had found him and he signed a statement saying that
he did, indeed, sell the car to Buck Barrow on March 29th. The motor
numbers were checked and verified as the same Marmon Sedan. The Joplin
Police kept the car. The Marmon car had Kansas license plates which
Buck had purchased in Girard, Kansas, using his real name.
The star of the show at Joplin, as far as the newspaper reporters
were concerned, was not Clyde, but Buck. All the documents that were
found at the site were about him or Blanche. He was the older brother,
so the reporters promply labeled him as the leader of the "gang."
He gets a lot more ink than Clyde, and of course, nobody knows W.D.
at all. They were not even sure if there was a third man for a long
time. The Langford garage that Buck had rented for the Marmon, is not
around the corner, but directly behind of the apartment. The apartment
seems to have been built as a garage for the house at 3347 Oak Ridge,
with the second floor living space (five rooms) as a bonus. Between
3347 Oak Ridge (on the corner) and 3339 Oak Ridge (Langford's house,
next door to the north) runs an alley that is a public street. This
runs behind the apartment and all the way to the next street, to the
east. To get to Langford's garage, Buck would drive down the alley
and turn 90 degrees to the north and pull in. He then had to walk all
the way around the apartment, and go in the front door. That was the
only drawback to the apartment as a hideout, no back door. Also, when
the shooting started, one of the policemen, ran around to the back,
so Clyde or Buck might not have wanted to chance a dash to the other
garage housing the Marmon.
The Joplin Globe, April 16th 1933, specifically says, that when
they received confirmation that Carl Beaty of Dallas had sold the
1929 Marmon to Buck, a check of the motor numbers, revealed that the
car was a Marmon sedan seized here. Over a year later, in the July
1934 issue of "True Detective" magazine, in an article written by
Ed Portley, Chief of Detectives, Joplin Mo. as told to C.F. Waers.
Mr. Portley retells the story of his department's efforts to trace
the Marmon. They knew that it was a 1929 Marmon sedan, Texas license
279-797, motor number T-8692. Mr. Portley then says, in the next
sentence, "The killers had escaped in this car". He goes on to say
that Carl Beaty, 1010 East Jefferson Street, Dallas, TX. sold the
car to Buck on March 29th. He received two Ford coupes and $100
Was the Marmon, the getaway car, as Portley says a year after the
fact or was it left behind, as everything written at the time says?
Every reference to the getaway car, in the few days after the shooting,
describe it as a "Ford V-8 sedan."