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7 Most Notorious Criminals in American History

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America has a history not only rich with heroic and inspiring stories but also blood ridden tales of criminals who made their mark in History in the worst ways possible. America's most infamous criminals committed crimes that are the stuff of nightmares, and no one can forget about their acts. The history pages will always have these 7 most notorious criminals in American history, and their crimes will give you the chills.

1. John Wayne Gacy

The gruesome crimes John Wayne Gacy committed echo for decades, and the prolific serial killer managed to escape the law for a long time. Between 1972-1978, Gacy was on a killing spree, murdering at least 33 young men who he lured into his home. The bodies of the young men were found under the crawl space in Gacys' house, and when he was arrested, he claimed that he killed at least 45 men. Gacy became a notorious criminal who received the nickname "The Killer Clown." The cold-blooded killer used to dress up as "Pogo the Clown" and attend charity fundraising events, an act that makes him even creepier. Gacy was sentenced to death by lethal injection and was executed in 1994 at the Stateville Correctional Center. His last words? "kiss my ass."

John Wayne Gacy
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2. Ted Bundy

Another notorious serial killer in America's history is Ted Bundy, who was not only a murderer but a necrophiliac. Bundy went on a killing spree during the 70's, and used the same MO for most of his murders; he pretended to be injured and in need of help, and when women tried to assist them, he attacked. Bundy was arrested in 1976 and managed to escape to Florida during his trial. While in Florida, the serial killer killed 12-year-old Kimberly Diane Leach and two women in a Florida State University sorority house. Bundy was eventually captured and sentenced to death by an electric chair. He confessed to killing at least 50 women across the country, by the exact number is unknown. Bundy was executed in 1989 at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida.

Ted Bundy
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3. Al Capone

Hollywood has glorified mob stories for decades and made mafia members seem like the coolest guys on the block, but the reality is a lot grimmer. Al Capone was one of the most famous and notorious mobsters in US history who reigned in the Chicago area during the 1920's. Capone was thriving during the prohibition era by running a gambling, illegal booze and prostitution network. Dozens of people died under his command, and he went to jail for seven years after pleading guilty to tax evasion in 1931. He was finally released and spent the remainder of his life an estate near Miami, where he died of pneumonia and a stroke in 1947.

Al Capone
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4. The Zodiac Killer

The case of the Zodiac killer is one greatest crime mysteries in US history; during the 60's and 70's, the Zodiac Killer was killing couples in California and terrorizing everyone in the state. The serial killer mostly targeted and shot couples who were sitting in their cars, and once he even stabbed a couple who was sitting in a park in broad daylight. The Zodiac Killer was also famous for sending encrypted notes to the police and taunting them, and his identity remains unknown even today.

The Zodiac Killer
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5. Jeffrey Dahmer

Dahmer had grisly habits that shocked even experienced police officers who thought they had seen it all. Not only did the serial killer murder 17 people, but he used to cut them up and freeze their body parts. When police caught up to him and went to his apartment, they found bags of organs in the freezer along with a torso and severed heads in the fridge. Dahmer used to have conversations with the heads while he was preserving their skeletons and bagging other body parts. He was eventually killed in prison and became one of the most notorious criminals in American history.

Jeffrey Dahmer
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6. The Unabomber

Ted Kaczynski, AKA the Unabomber, developed radical opinions and chose to live in a secluded cabin in the woods. The math genius didn't pursue the academic path and preferred to make a statement about people he regarded as enemies of mother nature and agents of modernity. That's why Kaczynski sent exploding packages to computer salesmen, college professors, and other people he deemed as enemies. Police were able to ID and arrest the Unabomber, and he is currently serving life in prison.

The Unabomber
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7. Ed Gein

If you've ever watched Psyco, Silence of the Lambs and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, know that they were all based on one man – Ed Gein. The secluded Gein, who came from a family of farmers, may not have been as prolific as other killers, but he is one of the most notorious and intriguing criminals in American history. Gein used to steal freshly buried bodies from graveyards and keep them around as trophies. He killed at least two women during his lifetime and was obsessed with taking care of his mother until she died. Gein was arrested and placed in a mental hospital for the rest of his life after he was found mentally unfit to stand trial.

Ed Gein
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