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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Criminals

    David Lee Edwards: Born: Unknown - Died: 2013-11-30
    David Lee Edwards was the winner of a $280 million Powerball Jackpot payout in 2001. Before winning the lottery, Edwards had been in and out of prison for parole violations stemming from a conviction for armed robbery. Following his win, Edwards moved into a million-dollar home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Within six years, drug [...]
    Ariel Castro: Born: 1960-07-10 - Died: 2013-09-03
    Ariel Castro was a Cleveland, Ohio man who was convicted in 2013 of 937 counts – including rape and kidnapping. Castro had held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight captive in his basement for 10 years. The shocking situation only came to light after one of the women escaped the house and ran to [...]
    Richard Ramirez: Born: 1960-02-29 - Died: 2013-06-07
    Richard Ramirez was a notorious serial killer who terrorized Los Angeles in the 80s. He was known as The Night Stalker, had a pentagram tattooed on the palm of his hand, and was a huge AC/DC fan. He also killed at least 13 people (and attempted five other murders), and committed various rapes.
    Billie Sol Estes: Born: 1925-01-10 - Died: 2013-05-14
    Billie Sol Estes was an American businessman who is probably best known for his involvement in agricultural scandals that took place in the 1950s. Estes was convicted of fraud in 1964, and his case spawned investigations into the highest levels of power, as Estes had ties to Lyndon Johnson. The journalist who uncovered Estes’ ruse [...]
    Bruce Reynolds: Born: 1931-09-07 - Died: 2013-02-28
    Bruce Reynolds was the English mastermind behind what became known as the Great Train Robbery in 1963. Reynolds and his gang–which was comprised of 17 members–got away with millions of pounds before going on the run, eluding authorities for five years before he was finally caught. He served 25 years in prison for the crime, [...]
    Frank Calabrese Sr.: Born: 1937-03-17 - Died: 2012-12-25
    Frank Calabrese Sr. was a noted hitman for the mob. He was responsible for a number of deaths in the 1970s and onward. He was also one of the key members of the Chicago Outfit that was put on trial in 2007 as part of the Family Secrets investigation.
    Henry Hill: Born: 1943-06-11 - Died: 2012-06-12
    Henry Hill was an mobster/gangster from Brooklyn, NY, USA. Hill was brought up in a working-class family setting where he admired and got involved with the mobster activity happening around him. Hill has been involved in many famous heists and crimes throughout his life. Hill’s life story was documented in Nicholas Pileggi’s novel Wiseguy. Actor [...]
    Don Lapre: Born: 1964-05-19 - Died: 2011-10-02
    Lapre was a TV pitchman and a well known marketing salesman and informercial huckster. His work involved such products as “The Greatest Vitamin in the World” and the “Making Money Package”. He was often criticized for selling questionable business plans, which most of the time failed to live up to their promise to his clients. [...]
    Osama bin Laden: Born: 1957-03-10 - Died: 2011-05-01
    bin Laden was a member of the wealthy Saudi bin Laden family and founder of organization al-Qaeda, who is most known for the September 11th attacks on the United States of America. As a result of his dealings with violent extremists, his Saudi citizenship was revoked and he was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted [...]
    Susan Atkins: Born: 1948-05-07 - Died: 2009-09-24
    Atkins was a convicted murderer and member of the notorious “Manson family”, led by Charles Manson. The Manson family committed a series of nine murders over a five week span during the summer of 1969. Atkins, known as Sadie Mae Glutz within the family, was convicted for her role in eight of these murders, which [...]
    Richard Cooey: Born: 1967-06-09 - Died: 2008-10-14
    In the early morning of September 1, 1986 Cooey and a friend was throwing chunks of concrete off the Stoner Street Bridge onto U.S. Interstate 77 in Akron, Ohio. One of the chunks hit an oncoming car, which was driven by University of Akron student Wendy Offredo (age 20), also in the car was another [...]
    Mel Ignatow: Born: 1938-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-01
    Ignatow was a resident of Louisville, Kentucky who is famous for murdering his fiancée, Brenda Sue Schaefer in 1988. What makes him famous is that he was initially acquitted of the murder charges… but later evidence proved his guilt, but under the legal principle of double jeopardy, he couldn’t be tried a second time for [...]
    Richard Chase: Born: 1950-05-23 - Died: 1980-12-26
    Chase was a serial killer who killed six people in California over the span of one month. He was given the nickname “The Vampire of Sacramento” because he would cannibalize and drink the blood of his victims. Early in his life he moved out of his mothers’ house, he thought she was trying to poison [...]
    Ed Gein: Born: 1906-08-27 - Died: 1984-07-26
    Edward Theodore Gein, commonly known as the Plainfield Ghoul,  was one of the most famous (or infamous more appropriately) serial killers in American history. He did not have the numbers of many of his peers, but his actions inspired more elements of pop culture than probably any other killer. He inspired horror movie villains Leatherface, [...]
    Vlad III the Impaler: Born: 1431-11-14 - Died: 1476-12-??
    Vlad III the Impaler also known as Vlad Vlad Ţepeş, Vlad Dracula, and Dracula was the Prince of Wallachia reigning in 1448, from 1456-1462, and 1476. His reign was a reign of terror according to many legends. He is said to have tortured and impaled thousands of men, women, and children on stakes. Many of [...]
    Chris Benoit: Born: 1967-05-21 - Died: 2007-06-24
    Christopher Michael Benoit was a Canadian wrestler whose career was greatly celebrated by wresting fans, but whose reputation took a sharp u-turn over the course of a weekend once he murdered his family and killed himself. He wrestled from 1985 to 2007 in the WCW, the WWF/WWE, and ECW sometimes using names like The Rabid [...]
    Sid Vicious: Born: 1957-05-10 - Died: 1979-02-02
    Sid Vicious (real name – John Simon Ritchie) was the bass player for punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He was a drug addict and so was his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, who he was arrested for murdering. It is not certain whether or not Vicious actually killed Spungen, because he had no recollection of doing [...]
    Proof: Born: 1973-10-02 - Died: 2006-04-11
    DeShaun Dupree Holton (aka Proof) was a member of the rap group D-12 (Dirty Dozen), which was made famous by rapper Eminem. He also had some solo work, but he is best-known for his D-12 membership, whose greatest hit was the song Purple Pill (retitled Purple Hills for the radio). He also appeared in movies [...]
    Elizabeth Báthory: Born: 1560-08-07 - Died: 1614-08-21
    Countess Elizabeth Báthory (Báthory Erzsébet in Hungarian) was a member of the Royal Family of Hungary, and is credited as the most prolific serial killer in history. She is often called “The Blood Countess” due to legends that she used to bathe in the blood of virgins as a means of preserving her youth, although [...]
    Albert Fish: Born: 1870-05-19 - Died: 1936-01-16
    Albert Fish is widely considered one of America’s most perverse and notorious serial killers, perhaps even more vile than Jeffrey Dahmer, being how Fish focused primarily on young children. He was a sexual predator, a sado-masochist, a torturer, and a cannibal who killed at least five children, though he claimed to either have molested or [...]
    Bruce E. Ivins: Born: 1946-04-22 - Died: 2008-07-29
    Bruce Edwards Ivins graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a PHD in microbiology and is known for his extensive research with Anthrax. He aided the FBI after the Anthrax attacks of 2001 in analyzing the substance. Eventually, authorities came to suspect his as a culprit of the attacks. According to ABC News, “FBI officials [...]
    Jeffrey Dahmer: Born: 1960-05-21 - Died: 1994-11-28
    Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer  was one of America\’s most notorious serial killers who is well known for picking up gay men at bars and taking them back to his apartment where he tortured, performed experiments on, murdered and ate his victims. He took the lives of seventeen known victims in Wisconsin and Ohio from 1978 to [...]
    Edward Davidson: Born: 1973-01-01 - Died: 2008-07-24
    Known as “the Spam King”, Davidson conducted his business with the name “Power Promoters” sending out hundreds of thousands of spam emails between 2002 – 2006. Davidson was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 5, 2007. Almost a year later he would be sentenced to serve 21 months in federal prison, and pay [...]
    Francis Schweihs: Born: 1930-01-01 - Died: 2008-07-23
    A.K.A “The German”, Schweihs was a hitman who had been linked to “The Outfit”, the organized crime family in Chicago.
    Clyde Barrow: Born: 1909-03-24 - Died: 1934-05-23
    Outlaw and robber. His partner was Bonnie Parker. Both are popularly known as Bonnie and Clyde.
    Alphonse Capone: Born: 1899-01-17 - Died: 1947-01-25
    A gangster based in Chicago. During the prohibition era in the 1920′s and 30′s he contraband and sold bootleg liquor, making a fortune in the process. Although credited with various crimes including murders he was never convicted of any. Finally the FBI was able to convict him of tax evasion, sentencing him to eleven years [...]
    Jesse Woodson James: Born: 1847-09-05 - Died: 1882-04-03
    Famous American outlaw and Bank robber.
    Charles “Lucky” Luciano: Born: 1897-11-24 - Died: 1962-01-26
    One of the most famous gangsters and criminals in the US. Born in Italy. His real name was Salvatore Lucania.
    Jimmy Hoffa: Born: 1913-02-14 - Died: 1975-07-30
    He became president of the Teamsters Union, (truckers) in 1957 and served until 1964, when he was convicted of jury tampering and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was released in 1971 thanks to a presidential pardon by Richard Nixon, apparently in exchange for illegal campaign contributions. Upon release he attempted to return [...]