Kansas City Star labeled William Radkay as one of the most
notorious armed robbers in Kansas City history. Willie
had eight bullets in his body to remind him of being shot by the police eight different times. A picture
of his x-ray is in his book showing the six slugs in his torso and the other two were in his arms. Willie
spent time on Alcatraz (1945-1952) when the “Cream of the Criminal Crop” was also locked up inside its walls.
Infamous criminals like Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Basil “The Owl” Banghart, Alvin “Creepy”
Karpis, and the Bird Man all lived on that tiny island and Willie knew every one of them.
When he was sixteen years old a prostitute gave him a gun to protect himself from her pimp who wanted to
rob him. With that gun he began robbing grocery stores, drug stores and department stores launching his criminal career.
He was on the FBI's most wanted list as a serial bank robber. He worked along side George
"Machine Gun" Kelly and Basil "The Owl" Banghart in the industries office while on Alcatraz and the guards
nicknamed them "The