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Ray Hamilton Captured

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

No Sound on Film | 1934

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  •  Richard "Smoot" Schmid And Ray Hamilton 
  •  The family is standing in front of the Dallas County Records Building 
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Captured on April 25, 1934 after robbing the First National Bank of Lewisville, Texas, notorious serial killer, escape artist, and former member of Clyde Barrow's gang, Ray Hamilton was executed by the state in May 1935 for murdering a prison guard. The execution spawned prison riots later that night. It is believed that this film features Dallas sheriff Richard "Smoot" Schmid leading Hamilton to a car and posing outside Dallas County Criminal Court and Jail House (aka "Old Red".) As a side note, "Smoot" Schmid became well-known in later years for his chili recipe and cooking prowess.