25 Extremely Notorious Gangsters

Posted by , Updated on August 1, 2014

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.

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Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

Also known as Henry Antrim, Billy the Kid was a gangster who had his own murder victim at the age of 18. He was a 19th-century gunman who became involved in the Lincoln County War and was known for his unparalleled skill in handling firearms. Throughout his life, he killed a little less than 30 people and stole several horses and cattle. Firsthand sources say that Billy the Kid killed only those he thought deserved to be killed.

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Al Capone

Al Capone

More commonly known as Scarface, Al Capone was an American gangster who dedicated his life smuggling liquor and involving himself in prostitution. At a very young age, he became a member of a notorious gang in New York and engaged in different illegal activities such as bribery among government figures. A few years before he died, he led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate and was brought behind bars on account of tax evasion charges.

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Jesse James

Jesse James

A gang leader who got involved in several bank and train robberies and murders, Jesse Woodson James was the most famous member of the 19th century gang known as the James-Younger Gang. He used to be a confederate guerrilla during the Civil War and was normally likened to modern Robin Hood. He is believed to have been actively involved in the atrocities committed against the Union soldiers during the Civil War.

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Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco

Known as The Cocaine Godmother, Griselda Blanco is a pioneer of one of the biggest cocaine drug trade in Miami. She spent her childhood to adolescence as a pickpocket and a prostitute. When she grew up, she was indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges and was sentenced to be incarcerated for 10 years. Inside the Miami jail, she continued to run her cocaine business with the help of her secret underlings.

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Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar

A Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar controlled several drug empires and murdered thousands of people around the world. He led one of the most powerful and feared criminal organizations to have ever been assembled in history and had power over several empires of mansion, airlines and gangs composed of soldiers and notorious criminals. He hired several hit men to kill police officers who were in pursuit of him and paid millions. Crime rate in Columbia rose dramatically during his time.

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