Over the course of history, some individuals have cemented themselves in our minds as the most notorious criminals to ever walk the earth. Some of them stole, some of the killed and some of them got into the psyches of those that dared have conversations with them.
You may have a dark side too—you likely do. But whichever way, which notorious criminal in history are you most like?
Pick a quote
What's your leadership style like?
What was your favorite subject in school?
Choose an alternative career
How would people describe you?
What calms you down?
How would you get people off your trail?
Pick a place to hide out
What’s your motive?
What’s your crime?
Which Notorious Criminal Are You?
You got Pablo Escobar!
While Narcos brought Pablo Escobar and his story to the 21st century, it was in the late 70s when Pablo and his cartel really started to lay things down. Gutsy and intelligent enough to find smuggling routes to the United States, it is said that The King of Cocaine was worth something between $25 - $30 billion in the 1990s (which is an incredible $48.5 - $56 billion today). And just how much coke was being smuggled? As much as 70 - 80 tons per month.
Escobar died during a shootout in December 1993 and his son—believe it or not—is currently an author and speaker.
You got Bonnie Elizabeth Parker!
Arguably the more charming half of notorious duo Bonnie and Clyde, Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was the middle child of a bricklayer and home maker. She was married at the age of 16, was quickly separated but never divorced. It’s said that when Bonnie and Clyde first met, they were immediately smitten—obviously, historians believe that Parker only joined Clyde Barrow because she was in love.
Together with a few other friends, the couple were in and out of jail as they had a four-year illegal adventure of robbing banks and killing anyone that cornered them. Despite all this, she did have a sensitive side. She did, after all, write poetry while imprisoned.
You got Al Capone!
Also known as Scarface, Alphonze Gabriel Capone was a New York-born American gangster and businessman whose reign as crime boss lasted seven years. He didn’t finish his high school education after being kicked out for hitting a female teacher in the face. Nevertheless, he knew how to get around and landed odd jobs.
When he was 20-years-old, he worked as a bouncer in a brothel in Chicago, which is where he contacted syphilis. When he was jailed in his later years, he even suffered from syphilitic dementia—but not before murders played out, gambles were made and colorful suits were worn.
Fun fact: He was never pinned for murder, just tax evasion.
You got Charles Ponzi!
Born Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi, Charles Ponzi was an Italian swindler and con artist that made his way throughout the United States and Canada. While he may have popularized it, some say that Ponzi actually took notes from William F. Miller, a Brooklyn bookkeeper who used the same scheme in 1899.
Ponzi got deep into the pockets of investors, promising them double their investment in 90 days. The truth is, however, that he was simply using new investors’ money to pay off old investors. His ploy got so big that he eventually had to hire agents and set up an actual office, as well as postal coupons and the then-5 percent annual returns from banks.
Everything came to a stop when The Boston Post began to investigate the returns he was making to investors. He was arrested in August 1920 and charged with 86 counts of mail fraud—while owning an estimated $7 million.
You got Charles Manson!
Probably one of the most notorious criminals of the 21st century, Charles Manson didn’t have a normal upbringing. Born the child of a 16-year-old alcoholic and prostitute, Charles spent his childhood growing up in relatives’ home and eventually found himself on the street, getting through with petty crimes.
Of course, Charles is more infamous for starting the Manson Family, a group of about 100 followers. They shared his passion for an unconventional lifestyle and habitual use of hallucinogenic drugs. Under his leadership, the group committed as many as 35 murders, including actress Sharon Tate.
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