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David Fisk (Lens of
Prohibition Era Gangsters &
Outlaws - Page 2
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone
(1899-1947) - American gangster who led a crime syndicate dedicated to
smuggling and bootlegging of liquor and other illegal activities during
Robert Carey (1894-1932) - A Midwestern armed robber and
contract killer responsible for many crimes during the
Prohibition era. He was considered as a
suspect in the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929.
Tommy Carroll (1901-1934) -A member
of the Dillinger
Gang, Carroll was killed at Waterloo, Iowa on June 7,
1934 by police officers.
Gerald Chapman (1888-1926) - Known as the "Count of Gramercy Park." he was
once considered one of America's top ten criminals. He was
convicted of murdering police officer James Skelly and sentenced to hang
on April 6, 1926.
John Paul Chase (1901-1973) - After a crime spree of two
years with partner, George "Baby-Face" Nelson, a shootout occurred with
FBI agents, in which Nelson and two agents were killed. Chase was captured
and sent to
Alcatraz, where he served from 1935 to 1954. He was then
transferred to Leavenworth, where he was imprisoned until 1966. He died of
October 5, 1973.
Vivian Chase (1902-1935) - A Midwestern gangster of the 1920s and 1930s,
she was the associate of several robbers, including her husband,
George Chase, and Charlie Mayes. She is best known for her role in the
kidnapping of banker August Luer. She was found shot to death on November
3, 1935 in a parked car outside St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City,
The Chicago Outfit (1910-Present) - A crime
syndicate based in
Illinois, this mafia gang dates back to the early 1900s. It is distinct
from the New York City crime families, though all Italian-American crime
families are ruled by The Commission.
James "Oklahoma Jack" Clark - A bank robber who stole more than $15,000
from a bank in Clinton, Indiana, he was captured and sent to prison where
Harry Pierpont, and others. He escaped using pistols smuggled in by a
visitor, but was recaptured shortly thereafter and died in prison.
Jim Clark (1890-1929) - See
Russell "Boobie" Clark (??-1968)
- One of the original Dillinger
Gang members after escaping from the Indiana State Prison, Clark was
captured in Tucson with other several other gang members sentenced to life
in prison for murder. After spending 34 years in prison, he was
released after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died four months
Theodore "Ted" Cole - Convicted of kidnapping in
Cole was sent to
Along with a man named Ralph Roe, the pair escaped on December 16, 1937
and were never seen again.
James "Big Jim" Colosimo, aka: Diamond Jim
(1878–1920) - An early
Chicago mob boss who built an empire based on
prostitution, gambling, and racketeering. It was suspected that his own
gang member and nephew,
Johnny Torrio, had him killed because Colismo resisted
getting into the lucrative alcohol distribution business during
The Commission (1931-Present) - The
governing body of the Italian-American Mafia crime families in the United
States. The bosses of the New York Five Families provide the core
Cookson Hills Gang (1932-1934) - Led by
Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd, the gang blazed a path of robbery and
Cretzer-Kyle Gang -
Led by Joseph Cretzer and his brother-in-law, Arnold Kyle, this gang
robbed banks along the west coast.
Joseph Paul Cretzer (1911-1946) - A bank robber,
Cretzer was sent to prison at
where he participated and was killed in the bloody "Battle of Alcatraz."
Francis "Two Gun" Crowley (1911-1932)
- Gangster wannabe and cop killer, Crowley caused the infamous
"Siege of 90th Street". He was executed in Sing Sing in 1932 when he was
only 19 years old.
Volney "Curley" Davis (1902-1979) - A
member of the
Barker-Karpis Gang and boyfriend of
Murray, he was believed to sold out other gang members. After serving
a long term in
was released and died on July 20, 1979 in Sonoma County, California at the
age of 77.
- Wannabee train robbers in
bungled their attempt and in the process killed for railroad employees.
They were eventually caught and sent to prison.
Lawrence De Vol (1895-1936) -
Gangster of the 1930s sometimes involved with the
Benny and Stella Dickson - Husband and wife team who turned to crime shortly after
their marriage. Shortly after Stella's 16th birthday, they robbed a bank
South Dakota, taking more than $2000. Stella earned the
nickname "Sure Shot" by shooting out the tires of a police patrol car
after a heist in Michigan. Benny was killed by FBI agents in
Stella was captured and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Gang, aka: The Terror Gang (1933-1934) - Comprised of a number of unsavory characters such
as Baby Face Nelson, Homer Van Meter, Eddie Green, Harry Pierpont, Charley
Makely, Russell Lee Clark, John Hamilton, and Thomas Carrol, this ruthless
gang, led by
John Dillinger, spread terror across the Midwest from 1933 to
1934, killing as many as 16 people and robbing as many as 20
John Herbert "Jackrabbit" Dillinger
(1903-1934) - Midwestern bank robber during the early 1930s,
Dillinger was a dangerous criminal
who was responsible for the murder of several police officers, robbed at
least two dozen banks, and escaped from jail twice.
Martin James Durkin (1900-??) -Dunn,
a professional auto thief killed the first FBI agent in the line of duty
in October, 1925. He was captured several months later.
Aussie Elliott (1914-1934) - An associate of George Birdwell and Pretty Boy
Floyd, he was convicted of bank robbery in 1922 and was sent to the
Oklahoma State Penitentiary. He escaped ten years later. In 1934, he was
killed in a gun battle with police near Sapulpa,
Egan's Rats (1890-1924) - Egan's Rats was an American
street gang that exercised considerable power in
they operated for 35 years with criminal activities including bootlegging,
labor racketeering, voter intimidation, armed robbery, and murder.
Elmer Farmer - A
Barker-Karpis Gang member, he was sent to
Herbert Farmer - Part of the Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy,
he was sent to
Charles Fitzgerald (1877-??) - The oldest member of
Fitzgerald was sent to
Five Points Gang - An early 20th Century
criminal gang based in Manhattan, New York City.
Fleagle Gang - The Fleagle Gang was a group of early 20th
century American bank robbers and murderers.
Jake Fleagle (1890-1930) - Leader of the Fleagle Gang,
wanted for robbery and murder, he was
shot down in a
running gunfight with police in Branson,
Harry Fleisher - A member of the
Purple Gang, he was sent
Sam Fleisher - A member of the
Purple Gang, he was sent to
Eddie Fletcher - A member of the
Purple Gang, Fletcher was assassinated
in November, 1933.
Charles Authur "Pretty Boy" Floyd (1904-1934) - Bank robber and
alleged killer, he was romanticized by the press. His first robbery was
$3.50 in pennies from a local post office at the age of eighteen. Three
years later, he was arrested and convicted of a payroll robbery.
Rufus Franklin - A bank robber and car thief,
Franklin was sent to
and during a 1938 escape attempt killed a custodial worker. Franklin wa
wounded and sentenced to life in prison for the murder.
Ralph Fults (1911-1993) - Fults
hooked up with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow when he was just 19 years
old. He lived an underworld life for ten years before being arrested and
Did You Know?
On the eve of
Prohibition (1920-1933), some towns actually sold their jails,
they were so convinced that alcohol was the cause of virtually all
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