Top 5 Notorious Fugitives Of All Time
We live in the information age today, and that makes it hard for criminals to hide, but not too long ago there were times when these infamous men and women were eluding law enforcement over and over again. Whether they were bank robbers, murderers, or even some things even more sinister, these folks were on the lam for a long time - and for some of the most heinous crimes you'd ever think of.
5. James Earl Ray
James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was the man who was convicted of the assassination of one of our country's most treasured heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The story doesn't stop there though. Not only did Ray escape from prison from a previous crime just before he assassinated Dr. King, Jr. in 1968, but he also escaped one more time in 1977. The man had a 99-year prison sentence, and with that second escape, he made it 100 years. Unfortunately he never lived another 100 years to fulfill his sentence, and instead died from Hepatitis C in prison in 1998.
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4. Jesse James
When you're thinking of the ultimate Wild West gunslinger, you gotta be thinking about Jesse James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882). This guy didn't just rob banks, trains, and murder, but also lead an outlaw gang, the James-Younger Gang. What really takes the cake here is that Jesse James was never even captured by law enforcement - it took a member of his own gang, Robert Ford, who shot him in 1882, to finally bring him down. The bounty on Jesse James' head was just too tempting, even for a loyal gang member. Just goes to show you that fugitives should never travel in gangs.
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3. Bonnie and Clyde
Books have been written about this outlaw couple, movies have been made, and stories have been told time and time again. Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) lived life on the lam, to put simply. These lovers met in 1930 and after Clyde escaped from jail in 1931 and was brought back in, he got early parole (bad idea). After Clyde was released, Bonnie joined along and they went on a robbing rampage, killing those who stood in their path. Eventually their fun came to an end in 1934 when they were shot and killed by a group of four Texas officers. Bonnie and Clyde gained the attention of the entire country when they were on the run…maybe that's because they took sassy photographs of each other posing with weapons though.
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2. John Dillinger
As if the Depression-era didn't suck enough, John Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) made it a hell of a lot worse. This man may have very well been the king of bank robbers; he robbed so many of them he put them out of business. In total, he robbed about two dozen banks and four police stations – yes, police stations. Most guys run away from the cops, but Dillinger instead took up arms and headed straight for them to get more ammunition and supplies. Like many big-time criminals, he went to prison and either broke out or got early parole, but in 1934, his reign of terror was brought to an end when the police finally caught up with him and shot him dead when he tried to flee. Crime only paid for so long.
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1. Osama bin Laden
Of course he had to be number one, you knew it was coming. Osama bin Laden (March 10, 1957 - May 2, 2011), was the leader of Al-Qaeda, the global organization that orchestrated the tragic September 11 attacks. What makes bin laden #1 on the list? Well, for starters, he was possibly the most hunted-down man that you saw covered on national television since he was officially added to the FBI's Most Wanted List on June 7, 1999. After what seemed like an eternity for Americans, fiinally bin Laden was killed by a team of United States Navy SEALs in his compound in Pakistan. The cloak that was the mountains of Pakistan finally let up.
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