Criminals Beware: Delf "Jelly" Bryce
Is Making An Appearance
December 4, 2002
"Now see...okay, you mugs get your hands in the air where I can see 'em see, and start singing Happy Birthday. Yeah."
Criminals beware: Delf "Jelly" Bryce is making an appearance on this weeks Oklahoma
Hello, I’m Steven Knoche Kite.
It was in this week on December 6th, 1906 the little Delf Bryce appeared in the world, and underworld
characters felt a shiver run down their back. According to legend, his father gave the little boy from
Mountain View, Oklahoma an unloaded pistol to chew on when teething, and he was shooting the gun as soon
as he could walk. Delf Bryce found marksmanship a natural talent and used it to win numerous shooting
On his way to enroll at the University of Oklahoma, Bryce heard of a Sheriff’s convention target shooting
contest in Shawnee and stopped in to participate. The contest was for law enforcement officers only, but
upon seeing his shooting ability the young Bryce was immediately added to the Oklahoma City Police Force
thereby allowing him to compete for them in the contest. Delf Bryce found his place in the world working
for the Oklahoma City Police force. He soon developed a reputation among the criminal elements of the
Sooner State, killing three such members early in his first year on the force. It was not long before
Bryce’s abilities became known on a national scale and he moved on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As an FBI agent, Bryce continued with his own personal war on crime, achieving along the way the nickname
“Jelly.” The word "Jellybean" in criminal slang was used to describe a dude or someone of extravagant
dress. The story goes that one gangsters last words after being shot by Bryce was something to the effect
of, “I can’t believe I was shot by that Jellybean.” Thereafter Delf Bryce became "Jelly" Bryce, a nickname
that he carried with him for the rest of his life. "Jelly" Bryce gained fame and notoriety with his accurate
aim and quick gun drawing ability. In 1945 Life magazine featured an article on Bryce using stroboscopic
photography to accurately time his quick draw at two/fifths of a second, faster than the human eye could
follow. Bryce was also known for his ability to shoot a hole through a peso thrown into the air. Over
his long career "Jelly" Bryce dispensed nineteen criminals to gangster heaven and put dozens behind bars.
Delf “Jelly” Bryce making his first appearance in the world December 6th 1906, this week on the Almanac.
I'm Steven Knoche Kite.
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