25 Extremely Notorious Gangsters

Posted by on April 25, 2013

Gangsters are members of gangs or professional criminal organizations who are known for their involvement in the conduct of acts prohibited by law, especially assassination. For decades, these people have been active in several areas of the world particularly in Europe, Asia, United States and Latin America. Most of these gangsters have become infamous either because of the severity of crimes they committed in the past, the fashion through which they assassinated their victims, or because of the popularity of the people that they killed. Gangsters normally choose to become part of gangs as this provides them with a certain level of organization and support that they cannot get when they operate alone. Here is a list of the top 25 extremely notorious gangsters in history.


Jack Diamond

Irish American gangster Jack Diamond; more commonly known as Gentleman Jack, was a bootlegger whose operations were largely focused in Philadelphia. He was a close friend to another notorious gangster and gambler; Arnold Rothstein. As he oversaw bootleg alcohol sales in lower Manhattan, Diamond had a conflict with Dutch Schultz and the other gangs of the city. He also got involved in a series of kidnappings in Manhattan,including that of James Duncan. He died after being shot by his enemies in his hideout in Albany, New York.


Tom Devaney

A mobster based in New York, Tom Devaney was the man behind the drift between mobster Mickey Spillane and the Genovese crime family in the 1960’s and 70’s. He also led the gang war against James Coonan, an Irish American mobster and racketeer in Manhattan. George Barone, together with an alleged gunman named Joe “Mad Dog” Sullivan, murdered Tom Devany in Midtown Manhattan.  With Devany’s death, Spillane’s operation would soon follow.


James Coonan

An Irish-American mobster and racketeer who used to operate in New York, Manhattan; James “Jimmy C” Coonan became a gangster after he decided to organize his own powerful crew of criminals to avenge for his father, who was kidnapped, beaten and killed by another well-known mobster in the 1960’s; Mickey Spillane. He was sentenced to be imprisoned for 75 years after he was proven guilty of murdering Harold Whitehead.


Dawood Ibrahim

The man behind the infamous Indian organized crime syndicate dubbed as D-Company, Dawood Ibrahim currently heads a large, unlawful empire in India. He is believed to have masterminded, financed and organized the 1993 Bombay bombings, a series of 13 bomb explosions in Mumbai that left about 250 casualties in every attack. He used to have close links with the late Osama Bin Laden of Al Qaeda and is currently the most wanted man in India.


Kray Brothers

Reginald “Reggie” Kray and Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, were twin brothers and English gangsters who masterminded the series of organized crimes in East London. They were primarily involved in large-scale robberies, assaults, arson,  protection rackets, as well as the murder of the notorious criminal from London, Jack “The Hat” McVitie. Though they were among the most feared gangsters of their time, the twins became US celebrities in the 1960’s.