By M. W. Byrne

The 16 Most Notorious, Infamous Gangsters of All Time

We look at these men and women who live in the shadows, on the other side of the law with not only macabre captivation, but also a kind of reverence. 

Al Capone

He was called ‘Snorky’ while he was growing up thanks to his tendency to boil over into violence with little provocation, and evident lack of a conscience. Born Alphonse, it’s little wonder that his fuse was short.


Pablo Escobar

By importing Bolivian marching powder to the U.S. and ordering hits on several police officers who sought his capture, Escobar gained a level of deadly celebrity that was equal parts respect and fear.


John Dillinger

Famous during the Great Depression, Dillinger was brought down by his girlfriend who led him into a police ambush outside of a theater. Dames: They’ll get you every time.


Bonnie Parker

Though she was a scant 23 years old when gunned down, she still carries a legacy to women that anything men can do, female gangsters can do better while wearing heels and a skirt.


Ellsworth Johnson

He helped break the race barrier in crime during the 30’s as one of the most infamous African-American mobsters to run numbers, drugs, guns, and anything else you could want. 


James Bulger

He would have been the top dog of the Most Wanted list, had it not been for a certain chap known as Osama bin Laden. After years underground, he was caught in 2011 at the age of 81, proving the adroit capabilities of modern crime investigators to capture octogenarians.


Jesse James

James was often likened to Robin Hood in his tendency to steal only from banks and trains where the undeservedly wealthy kept their money, often turning much of his profit over to individuals suffering under the yoke of poverty and financial exploitation.