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Lot #2030
Raymond Hamilton's Girlfriend Mary Pitts Letter to Him and Original Vintage Mug Shot Photograph

Rare letter to Ray H from his 'prostitute sweetheart'

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Rare letter to Ray H from his 'prostitute sweetheart'

ALS signed “Mary,” two pages, 6.25 x 10.75, January 18, 1933. Letter to Raymond Hamilton, in full (spelling and grammar retained): "I don't know why you don't write cause I won't to hear from you. O'dell gave up in Pampa, to-day they are bringing him thro here to-nite I'm going to try to see him, Gee! I'm glad he did cause I couldn't bear him having to be arrested and maybe kill. I hear you was going to make bond if you do let me know at once. Honey, please write to me. I think you are terrable neglective. Gene, hasn't wrote in three days. I guess he is sick Ray, if you won't me to come up there write right back and tell me I'll be right up there the next day. Honey, I sure hope you make it OK. Gee! I wish this phone would ring to tell I can see O'dell. Raymond, he mean worlds to me. Raymond just as soon as you are free I won't you to come to me. I've lots to tell you and everything. How is Lillie & Lusille getting along. O'dell I think will clear them he isn't like that yellow. Yes, well I guess I'll close so ans. real soon please." Includes the original mailing envelope addressed in O'Dare's hand, as well as an original vintage glossy 4.25 x 3.5 mug shot of O'Dare. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and further wear to the envelope. From the collection of Dallas Sheriff Smoot Schmid, who led the final team to arrest Hamilton after his multiple prison breaks. The "Gene" referenced here is Mary O'Dare's husband, a bank robber and one of Hamilton's friends. Just two weeks after Mary wrote this letter, Gene was sentenced to life imprisonment; after the sentence came down, O'Dare became Hamilton's romantic companion. "O'dell" is her brother Odell Chambless, who was sentenced to 33 years on March 1st. Mary O'Dare, who Clyde Barrow once referred to as Hamilton's 'prostitute sweetheart' from a 'rat family,' played a pivotal role in Hamilton's split from the Barrow Gang.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Gangsters, Outlaw & Lawmen
  • Dates: #503 - Ended June 23, 2017