Gangsters, Mobsters & Outlaws of the 20th Century

Jim Clark (1890-1929) – See Albert Kachellek

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 later.

Theodore “Ted” Cole – Convicted of kidnapping in Oklahoma, Cole was sent to Alcatraz. 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

James “Big Jim” Colosimo, aka: Diamond Jim

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 prohibition.

The Commission (1931-Present) – Also known as the “Syndicate”, this is 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 membership.

Cookson Hills Gang (1932-1934) – Led by Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, the gang blazed a path of robbery and murder through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Arkansas for 18 months.

D.B. Cooper – D. B. Cooper is a media epithet popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom (equivalent to $1,170,000 in 2015), and parachuted to an uncertain fate.

Joseph Paul Cretzer (1911-1946) – A bank robber, Cretzer was sent to prison at Alcatraz where he participated and was killed in the bloody “Battle of Alcatraz.” Born on April 17, 1911, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he grew up to start his criminal career at an early age and went to prison for the first time in 1927. He got involved in more crime Arnold Kyle, and the two formed the Cretzer-Kyle Gang which robbed a number of banks along the west coast. By 1939, he was listed as the FBI’s 4th most wanted man. He was captured in Chicago, Illinois and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He and Kyle both began serving time at McNeil Island in Washington in February 1940. Just two months later, the pair escaped but were recaptured just three days later. The two were sentenced in  Tacoma, Washington to another five years for the escape attempt. When the sentence was handed down, they tried to escape again and killed a U.S. Marshal in the process. They were then sent to Alcatraz, where they again tried to escape in May 1941, along with fellow prisoners Sam Shockley and Lloyd Barkdoll. His last escape attempt resulted in the “Battle of Alcatraz” in which he was killed on May 4, 1946.


Volney “Curley” Davis (1902-1979) –  A member of the Barker-Karpis Gang and boyfriend of Edna “Rabbits” Murray, he was believed to have sold out other gang members. After serving a long term in Alcatraz, he was released and died on July 20, 1979, in Sonoma County, California at the age of 77.

DeAutremont Brothers

DeAutremont Brothers

DeAutremont Brothers – Wannabee train robbers in Oregon, bungled their attempt and in the process killed four railroad employees. They were eventually caught and sent to prison.

Lawrence De Vol (1895-1936) – Gangster of the 1930s sometimes involved with the Barker-Karpis Gang.

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 in Elkton, 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 St. Louis. Stella was captured and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Dillinger 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 banks.

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-??) -Durkin, 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, Oklahoma.

Egan’s Rats (1890-1924) – Egan’s Rats was an American street gang that exercised considerable power in St. Louis, Missouri, 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 Alcatraz.

Herbert Farmer – Part of the Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy, he was sent to Alcatraz.

Charles Fitzgerald (1877-??) – The oldest member of Barker-Karpis Gang, Fitzgerald was sent to Alcatraz.

Five Points Gang

Five Points Gang

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, Missouri.

Harry Fleisher – A member of the Purple Gang, he was sent to Alcatraz.

Sam Fleisher – A member of the Purple Gang, he was sent to Alcatraz.

Eddie Fletcher – A member of the Purple Gang, Fletcher was assassinated in November 1933.

Pretty Boy Floyd

Pretty Boy Floyd

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 Alcatraz and during a 1938 escape attempt killed a custodial worker. Franklin was 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 imprisoned.

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