Gangsters, Mobsters & Outlaws
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Verne Sankey (1890-1934) - Named America's
first public enemy, Sankey was involved in a Denver,
kidnapping. He committed suicide in the
State Penitentiary in 1934.
Harry Sawyer - A
member, Sawyer was sent to
John Paul Scott - He was the only known Alcatraz
inmate to conclusively reach the San Francisco shore by swimming.
Jack Selbin - A member of the
Purple Gang, Selbin spent time in
Ziggy Selbin - A member of the
Purple Gang, Selbin was
Irving Shapiro - A member of the
Purple Gang, Shapiro was assassinated
in July, 1929.
Richard Sam Shockley, Jr. (1909-1948) -
robber and kidnapper, he was captured and sent to Alcatraz. He
attempted to escape twice in 1941 and in 1946, in which officers were
killed. He was executed for killing the officer on December 3, 1948.
"Bugsy" Siegel (1906-1947) - A Jewish American mobster, Siegel was
known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day".
Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first
front-page-celebrity gangsters. He was also a driving force behind the
development of the
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Edward Smith - Committed one of the first bank
robberies in the United States on March 19, 1831, stealing $245,000 from
the City Bank on Wall Street in New York City.
Walton Spark - An accomplice in
John Dillinger's Indiana jail breakout,
Spark spent time in Alcatraz.
Joe Stein - A member of the
Purple Gang, Stein spent time in
Robert Franklin Stroud (1890-1963) -
The so-called "Birdman of Alcatraz," Stroud was a prisoner in
Kansas before being sent to
Alcatraz. Sentenced for murder,
he actually kept birds only at Leavenworth, despite his nickname. He was
transferred to Alcatraz in 1942 where he stayed until 1959 when his health
was failing and he was transferred to the Medical Center for Federal
Missouri. He died at the
Springfield Center at
the age of 73, after 54 years of incarceration, of which 42 were in
William "Willie" Francis Sutton (1901-1980) -
A prolific bank robber , Sutton stole as much as $2 million in his career,
and spent more than half his adult life in prison.After his relief, he
died in 1980 at the age of 79.
Homer "Wayne" Van Meter (1906-1934) -
A bank robber active in the early 20th century, he was a criminal
John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
Paolo Antonio Vaccarelli,
aka: Paul Kelly (1876 - 1936) - A Sicilian-American criminal, he founded
the Five Points Gang, one of the last dominant street gangs in New York
history. He recruited many of the most prominent criminals of his
day including Johnny Torrio,
Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy
Siegel and Frankie Yale.
Richard Reese Whittemore (1898-1926) - Leader
of a gang of jewel thieves in New York.
Harmon Metz Waley - Convicted of kidnapping,
Waley was sent to Alcatraz.
Huron Walters - Arkansas bank robber, Walters was sent to Alcatraz and
attempted to escape in August, 1843. He was caught before he made it off
Thomas Wareagle - A
American kidnapper who served time in Alcatraz.
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