On July 25th 1934 Eva Richetti Simpson and Thelma O'Donnell, alias Vera Jones believed to be the sister in law of
Charles Floyd, had stolen a car in Wewoka, Oklahoma and had pulled a robbery in Oklahoma. Both are captured in
Sherman Texas. Eva is arrested and indicted by Federal Grand jury on stolen car charges. Chester Stone, et al -
National Motor Vehicle Theft Act and held on a $5,000 bond.
On Oct 6, 1934, Bud Wall is ask by the FBI to be an informant. He has been corresponding with Eva while he was in
prison and is interviewed by Agents concerning correspondence he has written from prison. He is eventually
paroled for his cooperation in assisting the FBI in finding the whereabouts of Adam and Charles Floyd
On Oct 19th, 1934, Eva Richetti was interviewed by the FBI at the County Jail, Sherman, Texas but no definite
information was secured from her regarding the whereabouts of her brother and Floyd. She did indicate that her
husband Fred Simpson died in an automobile accident. She was being held under $5,000 dollar bond in a case
captioned the Chester Stone, et al - National Motor Vehicle Theft Act. Her boy friend Bud Wall continues to
correspond with her while she is in jail.
On Oct 23, 1934 Eva Richetti still being held in the Grayson County jail learned of her brother Adam's capture.
That Sunday night her and her friend Thelma O'Donnell/Vera Jones wept throughout the night. Both women
appeared badly broken up after receiving notice of Floyd's death. Eva had been greatly interested in Floyd and her
brother Adam and had expressed the belief that he would again escape from the officers.
On October 24, 1934 while Eva was still in jail friends of hers attempted a jail break in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Four
men, Bill Johnson, Ambrose Nix, Arthur Gooch, Henry Hurst, and two women, Maude Lawson and Myrtle Kindig
slugged the Hughes County jailer, Jim Sickles and escaped in two stolen automobiles, kidnapping two men. Two of
the men took a Ford V-8 Sedan from T. C. Puckett, a suburban grocer, kidnapping Puckett and his son Jarald.
The other two men and the women, after terrorizing half a dozen women in an apartment house block from the jail
fled in a DeSoto 32 Coup belonging to Dr. Gregory W. Morgan. The fugitives who smuggled a pistol into the jail with
outside aid by tossing a string made by a strip of cloth from the jail window, included the two couples which
terrorized the countryside around Arpelar several weeks ago before being captured near Wetumka.
Phil Johnson of Okamukes the leader of the break struck the jailer with a piece of lead pipe at breakfast time and
obtaining his keys, freed the others. The jailer stunned but not seriously injured and four trusties were locked up
with threats of death if they gave the alarm.
On 1 December 1934, Eva was released from jail in Denton, Texas, just as Adam was being transferred to Missouri.
Over the next few weeks Eva had tried to enlist fellow outlaws to orchestrate a rescue attempt of Adam while he was
being transferred to the Jackson County Jail at that time. On Tuesday, January 1st 1935 just outside of Dallas,
Texas in a little place called Kiowa, Eva and her friend Maude Lawson along with three men, "Red" Malloy
Kuykendall, Oscar Mullins, alias Jim Hasley, and Sylvester Reece, some of which had escaped from Holdenville,
Oklahoma in October 1934 had stolen a new car at the point of a gun from T.A. Carr in Kiowa Texas, leaving him
tied up with barbed wire along side of the road.
By Wednesday, January 2nd, acting on a tip received last night Sheriff Lackey enlisted the help of Charles Maxwell,
Atoka county Sheriff along with 6 other deputies. The group surrounded the farm house just soutwest of Atoka in
which the group was staying. As daybreak closed in on the group, although they knew of the approach of the
officer in time to fire, made no resistance. "Red" Malloy Kuykendall was found under a bed with 3 guns. Sheriff
Lackey said that Miss Eva Richetti told him that she "didn't want anybody killed" and kept her companions from
firing as the officers approached. Found at the farm house was the car taken from T.A. Carr in Kiowa Texas.
Found by law enforcement at a farm house were “Red” Malloy Kuykendall arrested for robbery with a firearm.
Sylvester Reece and Eva Richetti & Maude Lawson arrested, pleaded not guilty today to charges of robbery with
firearms of T. A. Carr of Kiowa Dallas, TX who was robbed of his 1935 automobile and robbed late Tuesday night.
Red Malloy Kuykendall and Oscar Mullins alias Jim Hasley wanted for breaking and entering at Sherman. Tex., were
arrested in the same raid and turned over to Pottawatomie county officers in Granite OK. Kuykendall was a fugitive
from Pottawatomie county.
By Sunday, Jan 6th while still in jail at McAlester, Oklahoma Eva Richetti and her companion Maudie Lawson
attempted an escape by securing a hammer and a knife. They began digging through the jail wall when the
attempted break was discovered. According to Sheriff H.H. Sherril Both women are now being handcuffed together
While at the Granite Oklahoma Reformatory, on Feb 17, Officer James “Pate” Jones 65 yrs old was on duty in the
main entrance tower. Shortly after 2 p.m., two inmates, "Red" Malloy Kuykendall and fellow prisoner Henry Stewart
led a mass escape attempt with two guns that had been smuggled in to them. Unfortunately, a group of women and
children were taking a tour of the prison at the same time and the prisoners took them hostage. As the group
approached the main tower where Officer Jones was on duty, one of the inmates shot him fatally with a shotgun.
Officer Jones' wife was standing on the front porch of the officers' barracks a short distance away and saw her
husband shot down. Red Kuykendall then escaped and disappeared for a short length of time.
In mid Feburary of 1935, Blackie and Marie had traveled to McAlester, Ok to pick up Marie's sister Eva. Eva was
just being released from jail for a charge of armed robbery of a motor vehicle. Leaving McAlester OK they headed
to Mena, Arkansas on Feb 19th, 1935. Blackie Smalley accompanied by his wife Marie (Richetti) Smalley and her
sister Eva (Richetti) Simpson robbed the bank at Mena Ark of $2,000. They then turned southwest thru Texas.
Later the next day on Feb 20th while driving thru Hobbs, New Mexico on their way to Carlsbad, N.M. the trio was
stopped by local officers who suspected the car in which they were riding had been stolen. Blackie tried to get to his
gun, Deputy Sheriff Kerley said Smalley was over powered before he could use the weapon. Marie (Richetti)
Smalley and her sister Eva (Richetti) Simpson were released. Deputy Sheriff Kerley said that the two women
according to Arkansas authorities were not wanted. The car proved to be that of Marie Smalley who had secured it
with a down payment at Wewoka, Oklahoma. Both Marie and Eva returned to Wewoka, Oklahoma. Blackie Smalley,
40, former member of the Pretty Boy Floyd gang was arrested by Sheriff Wilford Kerley and jailed in Lovington, N.
M. on a charge of robbery with firearms. Blackie had refused extradition. While in jail at Lovington, N.M. Mrs. Sallie
Graves and her son Cleve from Cove, Arkansas who was robbed twice previously in Mena was accompanied by the
sheriff to New Mexico to identify Blackie. In addition Sheriff Jones named another suspect involved, Shine Rush,
one time desperado who was currently serving a term in Oklahoma penitentiary for robbery. On March 16th on the
return trip from Lovington, N.M. to Mena, Arkansas, Blackie, alias Bill Williams, at age 45, became ill shortly after his
arrival at the county jail. He had been taking medicine and died at the county jail the next morning. His wife Marie
Smalley returned from Wewoka, Oklahoma to claim his body.
Red Malloy Kuykendall was recaptured from the Oklahoma Reformatory prison break on March 5th, tried for murder
of the tower guard, sentenced to 75 years in Oct 1937, and sent to “The Rock” Alcatraz prison. While there on
January 13th 1939 Doc Barker was killed in an escape attempt while at Alcatraz. “Red” Malloy Kuykendall was
released from Alcatraz in early 1960s. He opted to live a quiet life and married and had 1 child. He died in 1967 at
the age of 53 Red Malloy Kuykendall (b 29 May 1914; d 16 Aug 1967).
He is buried at the Noble IOOF Cemetery Cleveland County, OK Sec 3Blot 202 grave 4.
Once Eva finished her jail term, she had decided that the times had changed and it was time to go straight. She did
not enjoy her time in jail and never wanted to go back again. She drifted in her life for several years agonizing over
her brother's death. Eva was very bitter towards Adam's partner, Charles Floyd for running away at Wellsburg and
not doing more to save her brother. She was also very bitter towards Rose Baird whom she felt sold Adam out to
Eva would eventually married Louis C. Collins who had investments in an oil well, and bore a daughter, Dolores
Jean Collins in 1948.. Eventually Eva was to marry again and became Eva McCaleb. Eva was a free spirit and
lived life to it's fullest.
Eva Ricchetti McCaleb died 30 Aug 1985 at age 72 while living at 145 N. Inez Street, Hemet, California. Eva had
put herself in the midst of her brother Adam's and brother in law Blackie Smalley's exploits with Charles Pretty Boy
Floyd and although it may have been an adventure of a life time it cost her and her children dearly.
During the first of several marriages, first to Fred Simpson whom she bore a son, Fred L. Simpson which she lost
through her adventures. Fred was raised by Eva's sister Minnie and later adopted changing his name to Fred H.
Eva's son, Fred (Simpson) Sustik was born June 3, 1929, died Oct 20th, 2004 at age 75. Fred had a successful
career, 51 year marriage and a fulfilling life. Fred served one tour of duty in the US Army serving in Korea. Fred
retired from Weirton Steele, Division of National Steel after a 35 year career. Fred & his wife Jacqueline raised 3
children, Fred, Tracey & Lynda. Fred is buried in the Ft Steuben Cemetary.
Eva's daughter, Fred's half sister Dolores Jean Collins was born 9 June 1948 and died 15 September 1986 at age
38. Dolores married Mark Wayland Maddry born on 30 Sept 1948 and died on 11 November 1991 at age 43.
They were married on 24 September 1968 in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas. Dolores struggled throughout her
life eventually succumbing to an addition to Heroin.
Eva Richetti Simpson
Eva Richetti was born 3 Sept. 1913 in Texas. She was the youngest of the 5 Richetti children, there were 8
other older stepbrothers and sisters by her mother Elisabetta Zamboni's prior mariage to Antonio DeMatte. She
was raised in the mining town of Lehigh, Oklahoma with her family. She attended school until 1927 when she
dropped out of 9th grade. She met her first husband, Fred Lawrence Simpson and moved to Topeka, Kansas.
On May 5, 1928 Eva Richetti at age 16, had married her first husband, Fred L. Simpson who was from Scott,
Kansas, and the young couple lived at 913 N. Quincy Street, Topeka, Kansas. They lived beside the Kansas
River or Kaw which flowed through town. Fred L. Simpson was born in 1908, then 21 years old worked at the
Wolf Meat Packing Company in Topeka. Eva worked at the Morrell's Packing Company. Things were going well
for the young couple. In September of 1928. Eva (Richetti) Simpson then 17 years old had become pregnant,
and on 3 June 1929, at the Stormont Hospital in Topeka, Kansas at 11:20pm, she delivered a baby boy. That
baby was named Fred Lawrence Simpson Jr. Things were going great in a booming town, and booming times.
Their prosperous beginnings were short lived as things began to change for the worst.
In October 1929 the stock market crashed and the Great Depression was on. Eva and Fred began to fall on
hard times. On May 3rd, 1930 Eva filed for separate maintenance, a divorce seemed imminent however shortly
thereafter the case was dismissed. Almost immediately thereafter her husband Fred took off to California and
parts unknown. In her struggle to keep a roof over her head and her son's, Eva left her young son, Fred with a
woman that evidently knew Eva's mother in law, Mary E. Simpson. Mary had stopped by several times and
checked up on her grandson, letting the woman know that if anything were to happen to young Fred, that she
wanted to be notified and that she would pick him up and raise him.
Early that autumn, of 1930, Eva had met a married man with several children of his own. Together they rented
a room in a boarding house and represented themselves as a married couple. For several months they lived
there with young Fred until the landlady learned from some of her other roomers that the couple was not
married. When confronted by her landlady, Eva confessed, saying that she needed a place to live for her little
boy and that living with this man seemed to be the easiest way. The landlady felt sorry for her and had decided
to help Eva. She had agreed to take care of young Fred while Eva went to look for work. Eva was to pay her
$3.50 a week for her son's care as soon as she found work.
Eva eventually found a small job at the Knauer Drug Store, working part time in the summer, autumn, and that
winter, but Eva never did pay for Fred's care. Instead she had turned her money over to Bud Wall, the
gentleman she was staying with. The landlady began to play games with Eva. When Eva would come to pick up
Fred she would be told that he wasn't around right now, or that she didn't know where he was. Eva eventually
got tired of the games and came back with the police, picked her son up and never returned there again. The
gentleman that she had lived with, Bud Wall got into trouble with the law and was convicted of embezzlement
and sentenced to Lansing Prison, in Kansas. Eva then hooked up with Bud Wall's friend. He had worked as a
printer at the Hall's print shop in Topeka. He had bought a second hand car from Eva. He to had left his wife
and stayed with Eva and her son. They stayed together for a while and then split up. He had been looking for
her since their split up until almost two weeks prior to the end of November. Eva was eventually laid off from her
job at Morrell's in late November 1931.
Eva had yet again met another man, disappeared again for 2 days, Tuesday December 2, 1931, and
Wednesday December 3, 1931. Eva had quit her job at the drug store that day, and had told her boss that she
was thinking of going to Springfield, Missouri to see her brother Joe Richetti and see whether he could advance
her some money. Her boss at the drug store described Eva as being quite a good worker when she had worked
for him, and that she was a very beautiful women, but was quite ignorant and was unable to handle money
On Thursday, December 3, 1931 she left the rooming house with her little boy and never returned. She had left
her clothes behind and never paid a thing on her room. On that day, December 3, 1931, Eva for the last time
left young Fred with her friend saying that she found work on the other side of town, and that she would be
back by 7pm that evening.
A few days went by and Eva still had not returned. On December 3rd 1931 on her way to her older brother Joe
Richetti's in Bolivar, Missouri Eva had been arrested in Pittsburg, Oklahoma for robbery, forgery, car theft, and
child abandonment according to the agency that had investigated her because of her son's abandonment.
According to the FBI in their investigation of her arrest she was arrested in St Louis, Mo and held under the
White Slave Traffic Act.
Her friend called the rooming house where she knew Eva had been staying. The landlady there did not know
Eva's whereabouts, however she did know that her clothes were still there. Eva's friend went to the boarding
house and acquired more clothes for young Fred. On December 16, 1931, Eva's friend tired of caring for
young Fred contacted the Provident Association who in turn contacted the Kansas Children's Home and
Service League. The friend turned young Fred over to them with great hesitation and felt that Eva needed to
learn a lesson. Fred was then taken and cared for by the Kansas Children's Home and Service League, while
they checked into the situation.
Eva never returned for her son. Eva was excited about her brother Adam's involvement with Charles "Pretty
Boy" Floyd and wanted to be apart of his life. What was about to transpire with by then, a little 3 year old boy,
was about to change his life as he had come to know it along with his older cousin, Jack Smalley who was
Clementine and Blackie's son. Adam Richetti was about to influence the course of history for these young
children and other family members through his cavalier actions as a gangster that would eventually affect many
family members for another generation to come.
By December 22, 1931 the family in Oklahoma and Ohio knew about Eva's circumstances and the whereabouts
of her son, Fred. A friend of the Richetti's from Oklahoma came to the office in Topeka. He carried a letter from
Mrs. Clemantine Smalley, saying she wanted to raise young Fred, and did not want any of his father's family to
get ahold of him, since she feared they would not treat him well. The friend had told the agency that Mrs.
Smalley was living with her second or third husband, had one child, and that they were living on compensation
that her husband had obtained as an ex-serviceman. He felt that they were in poor circumstances as far as
finances were concerned, and that Joe Richetti would be in the best interest in keeping Eva's son. He had
always earned a good living and though he had just one leg, was a good worker. His wife Betty was a
schoolteacher in Springfield at the time.
During that time there was an attempt made to find the whereabouts of Fred's father. In contacting the boarding
house where Eva had lived, the landlady had found an address to Fred. She had listed his address as 227 1/2
East First Street, Los Angeles, California. The case workers had investigated this address through a California
agency, which had turned out to be a boarding house in China Town that contained mostly Orientals. It had
been later relayed by Clemantine (Richetti) Smalley, that Fred Simpson had been hooked on heroin, and opium.
Eva, her child and husband lost, her life as she knew it turned upside down, moved to Wewoka, Oklahoma with
her oldest sister Marie (Richetti) Smalley and her husband Blackie, where she lived for several months. It is
there she first met members of the Floyd family. In April Eva had been involved with a shootout on Blackie's
farm. Lawmen attempted the arrest of Clarence Garatley and Cole Rickerson. She had witnessed the capture
of Garatley, and the death of Cole Rickerson. Once again Eva had been arrested along with her sister Marie,
and her husband Blackie for harboring. 2 months later after her sister Marie Smalley and Ruby Floyd aided
Adam and Charles Floyd with an escape from local law enforcement officers the women were arrested. Further
investigation at the Smalley's house included the arrest once again of Eva Richetti Simpson. Also arrested were
members of Floyd family, and Blackie Smalley (Seminol Cnty, OK) They were jailed in Wewoka on June 3rd for
stealing the car and bond was set at $2,000 each. All were released 5 June.
On 17 June, 1933 the Kansas City Massacre had occurred, and shortly thereafter Eva's brother Adam Richetti
and Charles Floyd had been implicated. The FBI began investigating the Richetti, Sustik, and Smalley families
The following text was gleaned from FBI records.
On 21 Jun., 1933 FBI special agent L. M. Clipman begins to investigate Eva Richetti to determine the were
abouts of her brother Adam. He requests records of her arrest in Pittsburg, Oklahoma to determine family
contacts and addresses.
On 16 July 1933, Federal authorities arranged the release of Eva Richetti Simpson's boy friend, Bud Wall from
Lansing Prison. In turn they ask that he be an informant for them in hopes that they could find the were abouts
of Adam and Floyd.
On 14 May 1934, once again the SAC of Kansas City, F.A. Yearsly requests more information on the arrest of
Eva Richetti from the St Louis office.