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Albert Francis Capone, also known as Sonny, was the son of Al Capone. Albert Francis Capone was born in New York on December 4, 1918 to parents Al Capone and Mae Coughlin. He was born with congenital syphilis, which his father had contracted years before. At the age of seven Albert developed a serious mastoiditis. Risky brain surgery was required. He survived, but was left partially deaf. In contrast to his father, Albert led a lawful life. Albert Francis died aged 85 in 2004 in Florida.

Kray Brothers (1965) by David Bailey © Camera Eye Ltd.

Beulah Annan, a famous American Murderess of the 1920's - Inspired the musical, Chicago

Before Bonnie fell in love with Clyde, there was Rose Dunn. 15 year old Rose met outlaw George "Bittercreek" Newcomb and fell in love. Rose knew how to rope, ride, & shoot, but was more famous for her beauty and gentle ways, and was nicknamed "Rose of Cimarron". While her lover robbed banks, Rose tended his gun wounds, until one day when George stopped in to see Rose, her brothers turned in George to the law who ambushed him at her door step. She retired from outlawry and married a politician.

The man who killed Arch Duke Ferdinand and started WW I

East End slum Street 1912 ~ The Whitechapel district of London at the end of the nineteenth century was generally regarded as being a ‘horrible black labyrinth, reeking from end to end and swarming with human vermin, whose trade is robbery and whose recreation is murder’.

June 6 1865 William Clarke Quantrill dies of wounds suffered in May...Quantrill was badly wounded in a skirmish with Union forces, and he died on this day in 1865. Since Quantrill's men were guerillas rather than legitimate soldiers, they were denied the general amnesty given to the Confederate army after the war ended. Some, like Frank and Jesse James, took this as an excuse to become criminals and bank robbers. Quantrill was 24 when he died.

John Henry "Doc" Holliday

In Cold Blood house where the Clutter family was murdered by Richard Hickock and Perry Smith in 1959

In Cold Blood house where the Clutter family was murdered by Richard Hickock and Perry Smith in 1959

The two men who were executed for of the famous murders described in Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood can’t quite rest in peace just yet. Richard Hickock and Perry Smith’s bodies were exhumed yesterday, as part of an investigation into four murders committed in Florida in 1959

Outlaw brothers Jesse and Frank James. Carolina, Illinois, USA, 1872

The Bath School disaster is the historical name of the violent attacks perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan that killed 38 elementary school children and 6 adults, and injured at least 58 other people. It is the deadliest mass murder in a school in United States history. It was the most deadly act of terrorism prior to Oklahoma City Federal Building.

Left to Right. Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Jesse James & Charlie Bowdre. Photo believed to have been taken in New Mexico in 1879. They all look so tiny!

Not originally published in LIFE. Mobster Mickey Cohen relaxing at home in Los Angeles, 1949.

Sonja McCaskie b. 2-19-1939 - 4-5-1963 was a British alpine skier who participated in the 1960 Winter Olympics. She lived in Reno and was working part time aas a ski instructor at the Slide Mtn. ski resort when she was brutally strangled, raped, decapitated and mutilated by 18 year old, Thomas Lee Bean. "I cut out her heart and stomped on it!" He was sentenced to death but was taken off death row in 1970 and remains a prisoner in the state prison .

Elizabeth Bathory, assisted by old nurse, Ilona Joo, major-domo, Janos Ujvany, manservant, Thorko, witch Dorottya Szentes, and forest witch, Darvula, reputed to have tortured servant girls, bathed in their blood as beauty restoration treatment.

Morgan Seth Earp (April 24, 1851 – March 18, 1882) was the younger brother of Deputy U.S. Marshals Virgil and Wyatt Earp. Morgan was a deputy of Virgil's and all three men were the target of repeated death threats made by outlaw Cowboys who were upset by the Earps' interference in their illegal activities. This conflict eventually led to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which Morgan was wounded. All three lawmen along with Doc Holliday were charged by Ike Clanton, who fled the gunfight, f

Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Jesse James & Charlie Bowdre. Photo believed to have been taken in New Mexico in 1879.