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Al Capone

Al "Scar face" Capone

Famous Chicago crime boss who ruthlessly controlled his business interests in gambling, prostitution, nightclubs, racetracks, distilleries, breweries and more. He controlled his criminal empire with bribery, extortion and murder but was brought to justice for tax evasion in 1931. First sent to prison in Atlanta where he quickly established influence with the inmates and officials, he was moved to Alcatraz where he was isolated from the outside world.


Machine Gun Kelly

George "Machine Gun" Kelly

First a petty criminal who smuggled liquor during Prohibition in the 1920's and 30's, he later got involved in bank robbery and kidnapping. In 1933 he led a gang who kidnapped a wealthy oil tycoon & businessman Charles Urschel. He got the $200,000 but was caught and convicted to life in prison later that year. With concerns he would escape, he was sent to Alcatraz in 1934 where he stayed until 1951.


Robert Stroud

Robert Stroud

"the birdman of Alcatraz"

Convicted in 1909 of manslaughter for killing a man who brutally beat his prostitute, Robert Stroud was sentenced to prison for 12 years. There he continued his violent streak, attacking other inmates and stabbed a guard to death in 1916 at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas. This murder resulted in the death sentence but his execution was halted by President Woodrow Wilson and his sentence was reduced to life in prison. He earned his nickname "the birdman" for his raising and selling canaries while at Leavenworth but that activity was banned when he was transferred to Alcatraz in 1942 for repeated abuses of his privileges.


Roy Gardner

Roy Gardner

Train Robber