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Prohibition Era Gangsters & Outlaws - Page 5

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  • Alcatraz IslandVerne Sankey (1890-1934) - Named America's first public enemy, Sankey was involved in a Denver, Colorado kidnapping. He committed suicide in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in 1934.

  • Harry Sawyer - A Barker-Karpis Gang member, Sawyer was sent to Alcatraz.

  • 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 Alcatraz.

  • Ziggy Selbin - A member of the Purple Gang, Selbin was assassinated in October, 1929.

  • Irving Shapiro - A member of the Purple Gang, Shapiro was assassinated in July, 1929.

  • Richard Sam Shockley, Jr. (1909-1948)  - An Oklahoma bank 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.

  • 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 Alcatraz.

  • Robert Franklin Stroud (1890-1963) - The so-called "Birdman of Alcatraz," Stroud was a prisoner in Leavenworth, 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 Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. He died at the Springfield Center at the age of 73, after 54 years of incarceration, of which 42 were in segregation.

  • 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.



  • Wilbur "Mad Dog" Underhill, Jr. (1901-1934) - Nationally headlined outlaw of the Depression era, he was the first criminal ever shot by the FBI.




  • Homer "Wayne" Van Meter (1906-1934) - A bank robber active in the early 20th century, he was a criminal associate of 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.

  • Ted 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 the island.

  • Thomas Wareagle - A Native American kidnapper who served time in Alcatraz.




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