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Criminals

Some people who made an impact on the 20th century did so not by good deeds, but rather by their crimes. These crimes included stealing, spying, rape, and mass murder.

Bonnie & Clyde
It was during the Great Depression that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went on their two-year crime spree (1932-1934). The general attitude in the country was against government and Bonnie and Clyde used that to their advantage. With an image closer to Robin Hood rather than mass murderers, Bonnie and Clyde captured the imagination of the nation.

Adolf Hitler
A man many people consider the embodiment of evil, Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany, started World War II, and instigated the Holocaust.

Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein was president and dictator of Iraq from 1979 until caught by U.S. forces in 2003. Learn more about this notorious dictator.

Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple
Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple cult, was both charismatic and disturbed. Jones had a vision for a better world and established the Peoples Temple to help make that happen. Unfortunately, his unstable personality eventually overcame him and he became responsible for the deaths of over 900 people, most of whom committed revolutionary...

Charles Manson
Charles Manson is a convicted serial killer who has become an icon of evil. In the late 1960s, Manson founded a hippie, cult group known as "the Family" whom he manipulated into brutally killing others on his behalf.

Mata Hari
Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and courtesan, killed by the French for espionage during WWI. Who was Mata Hari? Was she really a spy?

Al Capone
Al Capone was a notorious gangster who ran an organized crime syndicate in Chicago during the 1920s. Capone, who was both charming and charitable as well as powerful and vicious, became an iconic figure of the successful American gangster. Find out more about this fascinating man in this biography of Al Capone.

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