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The 10 Greatest Notorious Criminals In The History Of The United States

Violence and crime are facts that taint the daily life of the American people. It is also what has inspired and continues to inspire many film production houses. In this article, AfrikMag presents the portrait of the 10 most famous criminals in the history of the United States.



Al “scarface” Capone led an empire based on illegal liquor, gambling and prostitution. Capone is also suspected of orchestrating the “Valentine’s Day” Massacre in the Lincoln Park in 1929 when seven of his enemies died. He died alone then sick of syphilis and pneumonia in 1947.


  1. Charles MANSON

He was the head of the Manson family a quasi-community he formed in California in the 1960s. Manson orchestrated a series of horrific murders as he believed in an apocalyptic war “HELTER SKELTER”. In 1969, Manson and his followers killed actress Sharon Tate and several other people. This lawsuit was the longest and the most expensive in the history of the United States.



TED KACZYNSKI was responsible for more than a dozen bomb attacks between 1978 and 1995 killing three people and injuring 23 others. He was nicknamed “the bomber” because many of his first targets were airports and universities. Ted Kaczynski was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


  1. Tom HORN

Tom Horn was a scout for the army, a police officer, a murderer and an outlaw. He was one of the most bloodthirsty killers in the west. In 1894, he was forced to resign after being linked to 17 murders. Then Horn became a hitman. His typical target was cattle thieves. He was executed by hanging in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on November 20, 1930.



  1. Adam LANZA

Adam Lanza, 20, then armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol, entered Sandy Hook School in Newtown and fired 154 shots. Appraisal: 20 CP students and six educators died. Lanza was killed afterwards. Later authorities discovered that he had killed his mother Nancy.


  1. Andrew KEHOE

Andrew Kehoe, a 55-year-old school board treasurer and farmer, was angry over his financial problems and his defeat at an election to be employed in the community. On May 18, 1927, Kehoe unleashed several explosives inside the school, killing 43 people, including 38 children. He then kills himself in another explosion. Before the bombing, he had killed his wife. This is the deadliest killer in an American elementary school.


  1. John Wayne GACY

John Wayne Gacy was guilty of murdering 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978. Gacy was nicknamed “the killer clown” because he sometimes adopted the personality of “Pogo the clown.” He was executed at the Stateville Correctional Center in 1994 by lethal injection.


  1. Ted BUNDY

In the 1970s, Ted Bundy became a necrophiliac murderer. He made his victims believe that he was wounded before attacking them. In 1976, after escaping, he killed two women in Florida. He was convicted and confessed 50 more murders before dying in an electric chair at Raiford Prison on January 24, 1989.


  1. Timothy McVEIGH

Timothy McVeigh blew up a bomb in front of the Alferd P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The attack, commonly known as the Oklahoma City Fiasco, took the life of the city. people, including 19 children. He wanted revenge on the federal government. McVeigh was convicted of 11 federal sentences and was executed on June 11, 2001


  1. Jim JONES

Jim Jones, was the founder and head of the “Peoples of the Temple”. He is known to have murdered first a member of the US Congress and four other men. On November 18, 1978, on the same day, 909 Jones supporters, 303 of whom were children, died of cyanide poisoning. Jones then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. This incident was until September 11, 2001 the biggest loss of life of American citizens caused by a non-natural disaster.


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