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Shortly thereafter, Doc was captured in Chicago by famous G-man Melvin Purvis without a shot being fired, and was sent to Alcatraz straightaway. The feds found a Florida map in Doc’s place and used it to trace Ma and Freddie to a cottage in Lake Weir, Florida. The FBI surrounded the place. The gunfight that followed lasted between 45 minutes and four hours, depending on whose account you believe. When it was over, Freddie and Ma were dead. According to the G-men, she had a Tommy gun clutched in her mitts.
When the family returned stateside, young Aldrich attended Langley High School in Virginia. After college, Ames used his family connections to find a position at the Agency. He was a poor recruiter in his overseas postings and was passed over for promotions. At the same time, his marriage was falling apart and he was drinking heavily. While on assignment in Mexico City, he met Rosario Casas Dupuy, a Colombian working for her embassy there. They became lovers and when he finally got a promotion and a transfer back to headquarters in 1983, she followed.
He figures more prominently in documentaries. Anderson, William “Bloody Bill” Anderson never commanded a force as large as William Quantrill’s, and he didn’t slaughter as many defenseless victims, but, pound for pound, he was just as sadistic and dangerous. Like Quantrill, before the Civil War Anderson was a thief and murderer. He greeted the outbreak of hostilities in Kansas and Missouri as a career opportunity. He led a band of about 65 cutthroats in attacks on antislavery towns. They also engaged in ambushes against Union troops.