Famous Outlaws and Criminals

by: Jay Standridge and Kevin Anderson

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde were American outlaws that were from the Dallas area. They traveled around the U.S. with their gang during the Great Depression.

"At times Bonnie and Clyde gang included, Buck Barrow, Blanche Barrow, Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, and Henry Melvin." ("Bonnie and Clyde.")

Their crimes raised the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era".

John Dillinger

"One of his accomplices would stand in a bank doorway counting the seconds off while the rest of the gang would loot for as the plan aloud." ("Bandits and Gangsters.") Dillinger would use high-powered cars, modern weapons and pre-planned escaped routes he had already thought through that would make the best get-away. He was very good at staying one step ahead of "The Law"." ("Bandits and Gangsters.")"

George "Baby Face" Nelson

"George Nelson was obsessed with attaining the reputation as the most dangerous and vicious of them all. Georges stature was only five feet and four inches." (Gottesman and Brown) "Nelson's early criminal career began with petty thievery, before he finally reached Al Nelson's Capone's empire of organized crime in Chicago in 1929." (Gottesman and Brown) Nelson was imprisoned in 1931 for robbing a jewelry store. He later escaped on February 17, 1932.
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Depression Era Gangsters