Restored Post 11: The Hunt for Minnie the Moocher
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Jelly Bryce was married to an Englishwoman shortly after he joined the F.B.I., and for the duration of WWII. He was single again at the beginning of 1944 and he remarried that year for the third time. Before my research all that was known about his wife was that she had appeared in a city directory with him as Sandra. Then she disappeared from the record under this new name, Sandra Bryce. Lots of good luck and thoroughness led me through a maze of genealogical records to reveal her full life story in the PDF above. Her birth name, Minnie, was a popular meme while she was a young woman and the name Sandra was short for her middle name, Alexandra.
Jelly's revolvers have not turned up in any private collections that we know of but we do have images of both his early .44 S&W and his later .357 S&Ws with which he had been armed since the caliber's introduction in '35. Here are images of the .357s in very uniquely adorned Myres holsters:
Jelly was half Chickasaw Indian and perhaps that's how he came to attract the attention of various tribes of the West who adorned Myres Threepersons holsters for him while he was assigned by Hoover to New Mexico during the 1950s. The Chickasaw are one of the Five Civilized Tribes that had been settled into Indian Territory and he was raised in Oklahoma Territory that was the western half of Oklahoma; in Kiowa County. Also of Chickasaw ancestry: "the Indian with the English accent", Rodd Redwing; also on his mother's side.
Read all about the evolution of today's gunleather during the 20th century, and Jelly Bryce and his wives, in the second edition of my book, published 2022 and available at www.holstory.com .