1. SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS
Growing up in the Tahlequah area in the 1920's, and falling on hard times after his father mysteriously disappeared, Carl Janaway:
• Robbed several banks in Arkansas (early
1930's), and wounded two lawmen in getaways, a
Sequoyah County deputy sheriff, and a St. Louis
• Built getaway cars for notorious gangsters Charles
“Chock” or ”Pretty Boy” Floyd, “Kaiser Bill”, and
John Dillinger. Souped up a 1933 Hudson
Terraplane to do 125 miles per hour, and welded
protective steel plates and railroad rails into the cars.
• Married a female bandit, Darcy Lynch, who was a
major headache. The “Blonde Bandit” robbed the
Paris, Arkansas bank of $30,000, by herself.
• Escaped from the Little Rock Prison and the
dreaded Tucker Prison Farm in Arkansas three
times in two years.
• Was the only outlaw famous Sheriff Grover Bishop
chased an estimated 3,000 miles and couldn’t
catch! Janaway was known as the
“Cookson Will ‘O the Wisp”.
• Became the only person in Alcatraz Prison, or “The
Rock”, Al Capone both feared and respected.
Was assigned by Warden Johnston to care for
Capone when he became terminally ill. Backed
down Capone in a cuss fight, which gained his
respect and gifts, including a dictionary which is in
this museum exhibit.
• Consulted at Alcatraz twice with FBI Director J.
Edgar Hoover and U.S. Attorney General Homer
Cummings, on an investigation of the scandal of
murder of inmates by prison guards at Tucker
Prison while he was there. Carl was forced to bury
many of the inmates.
• Was offered the help by his ex-wife Darcy Lynch to