Jesse James was one of America’s most famous criminals. He was shot and killed by one of his new gang members Bob Ford. His brother convinced him to kill Jesse and for them to collect the reward money. For over 16 years Jesse and Frank committed crimes and killed people all across the Midwest. One thing many people do not know is locals were sympathetic to the brothers because they were ex-southern guerrillas.
Dennis Rader better known as the “BTK Killer” or the “BTK Strangler” terrorized the Wichita Kansas area from 1974 to 1991 by binding, torturing and killing (hence “BTK”) at least 10 victims in that period. For nearly two decades, Rader wasn’t even suspected until nearly fifteen years after his final victim was murdered. In 2005, well after the BTK case became an unsolved cold case with no leads whatsoever, Rader was suddenly a prime suspect. What made him became something of a suspect was because he began taunting the police, by initiating a series of communications with the media. Though the biggest deal for the prosecution was tracing contact information Rader inadvertently provided police on a computer floppy disk, once he was tracked they
After the death of “Bloody Bill” James would fill the role of the avenger of not only “Bloody Bill” but also of what he thought to be the victimization of the Confederacy by the Union government. His role as the avenger was parlayed into his role as a noble brigand almost immediately after the death of Bill Anderson. As the James brothers began their careers as robbers the first bank they robbed was chosen because it was believed the man who killed Bill Anderson was a teller there. When the teller was killed and revealed to have been innocent in the killing of Anderson, James began to be viewed as a thief and murderer by some of the public. As a result, Jesse is believed to have written a letter to the Governor pleading his innocence; calling on the Governor to understand that as a bushwhacker he would not be allowed a fair trial and the bank robbery as a false accusation aimed at bringing James to justice for the deeds of his past.
Russell Aiuto, in his article “Sacco and Vanzetti,” describes the events that led to and followed the executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. On April 15, 1920, two men shot and killed a paymaster and guard in Braintree, Massachusetts. The two men escaped with three accomplices, successfully nabbing nearly 16,000 dollars. Although five men were involved, only two, Sacco and Vanzetti, were ever arrested, tried, and convicted for the crime. The trial against Sacco and Vanzetti was poorly conducted.
For instance, he once turned a four million dollar courthouse into a twelve million dollar courthouse through fraudulence. The Tweed Ring became exposed with the help of city patricians, The New York Times, and assorted political enemies within both parties, with varying motives. When The Tweed Ring was exposed, New York estimated William ‘The Boss’ Tweed’s services costed them somewhere between forty million dollars and one hundred million dollars. Initially, Tweed and his associates were sentenced to prison for twelve years, yet were released in 1875. Later on, William ‘The Boss’ Tweed would find himself in another jail cell, due to later charges, dead on April 12, 1878.
Jeffrey Dahmer and Dennis Nilsen: One of the Same According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there are between twenty to fifty serial killers roaming the United States at any given moment. The infamous serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and Dennis Nilsen together have killed at least thirty-two people using similar methods and portraying the same behaviors such as necrophilia and cannibalism yet, they lived in completely different countries their entire lives. Jeffrey Dahmer and Dennis Nilsen both portrayed signs of abandonment and neglect and that may be a reason they became the monsters shown in the media. Based on biographies of their lives, both Dahmer and Nilsen lost people they looked up to at a young age, suffered with alcoholism
Ben Chester White On January 5, 1899, Ben Chester White, an African American, was born. About sixty-seven years later, on June 10, 1966, White was shot and murdered near Pretty Creek in Natchez, Mississippi. His murderers were three hate-filled gunmen that were incorporated with the Ku Klux Klan, which is a group of people who believe that whites are more superior than blacks. The reason they wanted to murder White was to give Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a motive to come to Natchez, White had no involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, until his devastating murder. Ever since he was born, White spent most of his life working for a white family, on the Carter family farm around the east of Natchez.
John had difficulties on the job hunt, so he decided to pursue the life of being a bank robber. John Dillinger learned most of his skills from other notorious bank robbers such as Charles Makley and Russell Clark through his time in prison. With his gang he is known to have participated in twelve separate bank robberies, police arsenals, and staging three jail breaks. Dillinger was a very dangerous criminal, but with his charismatic personality
Bootleggers and other gangsters of the 1920s killed, cheated, stole, bribed, and in the case of Charles Birger, charmed their way into the hearts and memories of the American people with the same allure as the cowboys and outlaws of the old west. However, in the 1920’s, instead of bar fights and bank robbing, bootleggers raided the freight cars chock full of the “liquid gold” of prohibition: alcohol. Bootleggers had their start in the south with the ratification of the 18th amendment in the United States Constitution, banning the consumption and sale of all alcoholic beverages. Big time gang leaders and small operation hillbillies alike saw this prohibition as an enormous money making opportunity as they knew what the American people wanted,
St. Valentine 's Day Massacre Al Capone additionally needed to manage equal hoodlum Bugs Moran and his Northsiders gang. They had been a risk for a considerable length of time. Moran had even once attempted to murder Capone 's associate and companion Jack McGurn. The choice by Capone and McGurn to profit themselves of Moran was to prompt to a standout amongst the most notorious gangland slaughters in history — The St Valentine 's Day Slaughter. On Thursday, February 14, 1929, at 10:30am Bugs Moran and his posse were baited by a peddler into a carport to purchase bourbon.