American has witnessed some of the most horrific crimes committed by some of the most elusive criminals in history. From bank robbers to terrorists, the FBI has had their hands full tracking down those who set out to disobey the law. Read on for the details of a few of the most famous criminals (and crimes) in documented US history:
From 1933-1934, John Dillinger terrorized the western United States. In 1933, he formed a gang which in turn robbed 11 banks, leaving 15 dead and 17 wounded. While he eluded police during 1933, he was captured for a brief moment in 1934. Despite the polices’ best efforts, though, he soon escaped and took drastic measures to assure his own safety against a second capture. In fact, it is rumored that he even underwent plastic surgery to have facial features and his fingerprints changed. Unfortunately for Dillinger, a reward was placed on his head and in 1934, he was betrayed by a close friend and confidante. He was shot and killed by police shorty there afterwards.
During an 18 year time frame which resulted in the death of 3 people and the injury of an additional 28, Ted Kaczynski, also known as the unabomber, maimed people with package bombs sent through the mail. In his “purely political” crusade against technology, Kaczynski sent homemade bombs to ‘Universities’ and ‘Airlines’, earning him the infamous title of the ‘UNAbomber’. Despite his long succession of evading police, Kaczynski was eventually caught when he promised to end his killing rampage if the New York Times published his 67-page manifesto. Upon publication, Kaczynski’s brother recognized the similarities of the manifesto with his brother’s own thoughts, and turned him into police. Kaczynski avoided the death penalty, but was sentenced to life in prison without parole, as well as relinquished his right for appeal.
Bonnie and Clyde
One of the most famous manhunts in history, and one of the most followed at the time, was that of Bonnie and Clyde in May of 1934. Bonnie and Clyde met when Bonnie was 19 and Clyde was 21, and started their relationship off with a bang. Following their initial meeting, Clyde was arrested on a burglary charge, but escaped soon afterwards, using a gun smuggled to him by Bonnie. But burglaries and prison escapes weren’t the worst of the couples crimes: at the time of their death in 1934, they were suspected of several robberies and burglaries as well as 13 murders. Tracking the couple for months, the police finally received a tip in April of 1934 placing the pair at a location outside of Black Lake, Louisiana. Hiding in the bushes, police waited for the criminals. In the early morning, Bonnie and Clyde attempted to flee. Police open fired and the pair was killed instantly.
In and out of prison starting in the 1960s, John Gotti was perhaps one of the slipperiest criminals the FBI has ever seen. An American mobster and boss of the Gambino family, Gotti orchestrated plots ranging from murder to thievery, his main focuses being narcotics, loan-sharking, and gambling. In the early 80s, however, the FBI used wiretaps and insiders to gain insight on the hierarchical structure of the Gambino family. From the 1980s to the early 1990s, the FBI continued to use resources to build a case against Gotti. In December of 1990, Gotti was arrested by FBI agents. Convicted on 13 counts, including murder, Gotti died in prison in 2002.
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