50 Infamous Criminals and their Notorious Crimes

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26Santa Claus

In 1927, there was a bank robber dressed as Santa Claus who was responsible for the death of 6 people during his robbery and getaway. When he was caught and thrown in jail, nearly 2,000 people showed up, pushed past the guards, dragged him out of the jail and hanged him.


27. There is a Guinness world record for "greatest robbery of a government", currently held by the dictator of the Philippines F.Marcos and his wife Imelda. It is estimated that they have embezzled up to $10 billion of which only $860 million have been recovered.


28. In 1950, four students from Glasgow stole the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey and smuggled it back to Scotland in a Ford Anglia. The stone, also called the Coronation Stone, is the stone upon which British royalty is crowned, and was taken by the English from Scotland in 1296.


29. Ren Xiaofeng, a manager of ‘The Agricultural Bank of China,’ stole $26,000 from the bank with the intention of buying lottery tickets, winning, and repaying the initial theft. Against the odds, it worked so he tried again with $6.7 million. He lost all but $95,000 and was sentenced to death.


30. In 1936, a rare million-dollar Stradivarius violin got stolen from virtuoso Hall Huberman. The thief, a café musician named Julian Altman, became famous and performed for presidents. 49 years after the theft, he confessed to the theft on his deathbed and his wife received $263,000 finder’s fee.


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31Locksmiths

Most "locksmiths" advertising through google are scams operated by organized crime. They have effectively dominated the market through this strategy and run the legitimate guys out of business.


32. André Stander was a South African police officer who robbed almost 30 banks. Sometimes he’d carry out a crime during his lunch break and then return to the scene as an investigating officer. He was caught but escaped, formed a gang and robbed more banks. He was eventually killed in Florida.


33. In 1960, a terrorist named Alex Hildebrant armed with a bomb tried to hijack Trans Australia flight 408. Tom Bennett, the co-pilot punched him in the face and ripped the wires off the bomb saving 49 lives was awarded the George Medal.


34. In the U.S., seafood fraud is widespread. In a study by Oceana, 44% of all the grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues visited sold mislabeled seafood. Some of the fish that were sold are classified DO NOT EAT by the FDA.


35. Colombian drug trafficker Carlos Lehder bought himself an island in the Bahamas where he put an airstrip that controlled the drugs coming in from South America and entering the US. He became so wealthy he offered to pay Colombia's foreign debt for amnesty.


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36Timothy King

The Oakland County Child Killer is an uncaught serial killer who killed 4 children in Michigan. After he abducted his final victim, Timothy King, Timothy's mother published a letter, begging her son to return for his favorite meal; KFC. His body was found soon after. His last meal had been fried chicken.


37. Sand gangs are organized crime rings that illegally mine sand from rivers beds and beaches to sell it for construction worldwide. They've gotten so bad in recent years with crimes ranging from murders, petty crimes, and habitat destruction that many governments are actively trying to shut them down.


38. In 1989, a Thai janitor named Kriangkrai Techamong stole Saudi Royal jewels. When the jewels were returned it was discovered that half of them were fake. A Saudi businessman with close ties to the royal family traveled to Thailand to investigate the crime. He was abducted and killed, along with three other Saudi officials three months later.


39. A Dutch crime writer named Richard Klinkhamer wrote a pretty suspicious book about seven ways to kill your spouse a year after his wife disappeared. He became a celebrity and spent the next decade hinting - in print and on TV - that he had murdered her. Finally, it turned out that he really had.


40. Due to a Gypsy crime wave, city officials in Milan authorized police to set up an undercover operation that used hidden cameras and telephone taps to make arrests. The investigation found that some children involved with these gangs were generating up to $15,000 to $20,000 a month from their criminal activities.


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41Burglar

A burglar stole a Super 8 camera and videotapes from a youth soccer coach. He then turned over the tapes and coach’s address to police upon finding on tape sexual abuse of the boys in the soccer team by the coach. Police found more child porn of the players in the coach's home and arrested him.


42. In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said “Please don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files.


43. William Burke was a Scottish murderer who would sell corpses for a profit to medical researchers. After he was hanged for his crimes, scientists dissected him, wrote with his blood, and bound a book with his skin.


44. Hans Schmidt is the only Catholic priest to have ever been executed in the US. He killed his pregnant mistress, drank her blood, and dismembered her. He was found guilty for the crime and executed via electric chair in February 1916.


45. A man named Edward Briney booby-trapped his farmhouse which resulted in a burglar's legs (Marvin Katko) being shot with a shotgun. The burglar sued him and won. Later, when asked if he would do anything different, the Edward Briney stated “I’d have aimed that gun a few feet higher.”


46Social media updates

A group of burglars actually admitted to using social media updates where people claimed to be “away from home” to decide whom to steal from.


47. In 2007, while in the midst of a home invasion, a burglar lost a testicle after he was struck in the groin by a handicapped man's cane. When the homeowner tried to call 911, they hung upon him.


48. A cartoonist named William Ellis Green confronted a burglar running through his house. He called the police and took pen to paper to produce a caricature of the burglar. The police immediately recognized the burglar from the drawing and he was soon apprehended.


49. The world's largest Sapphire, the "Star of India", and many other jewels, were stolen in a heist from the American Museum of Natural History in NYC in 1964 by a career cat burglar named Murf the Surf. It was recovered in a bus station locker in Miami.


50. The Department of Education has its own SWAT team. In 2011, they suspected a woman of a white-collar crime so they raided her house at dawn, except it wasn’t her home anymore so they held her ex-husband and his 3 children.

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