Top 10: Notorious Outlaws

wmmattler March 20, 2010 1


Today’s criminals lack the ingenuity that these past crime moguls all exhibited. We’re not advocating crime here at TT10, but we’re just saying if you’re going to do a job, do it to the best of your ability.

10. Lampião

Virgulino Ferreira da Silva aka Lampião was the leader of a gang of outlaws in Brazil during the 1920’s and 30’s. It’s easy to see why “Oil Lamp” makes the list; he liked to gouge out the eyeballs of his victims.

9. Son of Sam

David Berkowitz or Son of Sam was a modern day serial killer. His murderous rampage took place because his neighbors’ dog was possessed by a demon who commanded him to kill. Bad dog.

8. Belle Star

Behind every good outlaw there is almost always a woman and Belle Star was no exception. The Wild West woman was the brains behind many ahorse theft and bootlegging in the Canadian River territory. Though Belle is not my actual ex-wife, the simularities are strikingly simular….

7. Pearl Hart

Pearl Hart was yet another wild woman of the west. Her claim to fame was stage coach robberies but never made a killing.

6. Alberto DeSalvo

Alberto DeSalvo said he did it, but was never charged in the murders of 13 women in Boston during the 1960’s.

Dubbed the Boston Strangler, DeSalvo claimed to have been the one who entered the homes of the women, sexually assaulted them and then strangled them with their own clothing.

Though the case has never been closed, DeSalvo’s confession places him in the number one slot.

5. Billy the Kid

No child for sure, Billy the Kid at the ripe old of 21 had allegedly killed one man for every year of his life. Arrested for theft, Billy shot his first man after escaping and taking up horse theft. It was all downhill from there.

4. George Parrott

Big Nose” George Parrott is perhaps not so much known for his honker and cattle rustling as he is for his death. Rumor has it he had himself made into a pair of shoes when he died!

Not so sure walking a mile in those would be comfy. Do you think that’s where the shoe part, “the tongue” came from?

3. Harry Longabaugh

The Sundance Kid or Harry Longabaugh as he was to known to his mom got his nickname after serving jail time in Sundance, Wyoming.

He was co-leader of the “Wild Bunch Gang” and aptly portrayed by Robert Redford in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

2. Butch Cassidy

Butch Cassidy was the other half of the “Wild Bunch Gang” leadership team. The group was responsible for the longest string of bank and train robberies in the Old West. The late Paul Newman played Cassidy in the film version of Butchs’ life.

1. Bonnie and Clyde

The dynamic duo of Bonnie and Clyde come in at number six. Along with the their gang, the pair committed multiple robberies, banks and small businesses, as well as knocking off a few police officers.

One Comment »

  1. Pete October 21, 2012 at 7:27 am -

    This list is meaningless without Jesse James who killed at least 16 men and as many as 180 through his bushwacking days. You need to add the West’s most famous outlaw Jesse James.