Notorious People and Places

The people and places that live on in our memories - not for good reasons but because of how they shocked and saddened us all. Images of serial killers, mass murderers, despots and dictators, prisons, and the victims of these horrors. These people & places live on in infamy in our history. See more...


There are the notorious killers: The Zodiac Killer, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, Andrei Chikatilo, Charles Edmund Cullen, Dennis Raider, the BTK Murderer, Aileen Wuornos, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson . . . Unfortunately, the list goes on and on. Then there are the notorious robbers: Bonnie and Clyde, Ma Barker, John Dillinger, Jesse James, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd . . . Again, it's a long list. Of course, there are those who belonged to organized crime and street gangs: Sammy the Bull Gravano, “Mad Sam” DeStefano, Thomas “Tommy Karate” Pitera, Joseph “The Animal” Barboza, Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinksi, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Pablo Escobar . . . and once again, the names go on and on.

Then there are places that live in infamy: the Lawrence Massacre, the My Lai Massacre, Sobibór,, Treblinka, Auschwitz–Birkenau, the Cambodian Killing Fields, the World Trade Center . . . too many places, throughout history, have been the places of mass torture and killings. And we can't forget the prisons that held them all - if they were captured, not killed.

In each of these notorious people and places, there have been uncounted victims. The victims should be remembered more than the perpetrators and so, within these pages, we show the faces of those who have victimized others but we present as well the victims' faces - some are heartbreaking. Some say that history must be remembered in order to not repeat it. So let's remember!

From notorious criminals and prisons to the children who lost their lives in the Holocaust, these are the photos of those who live on in our minds and hearts.

Fritz was a German journalist who stood against the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. He was sadly murdered at Dachau Concentration camp on June 30, 1934 during the "Night of The Long Knives".
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Feb 15, 1883 - 1934 1883 - 1934
Added Aug 1, 2017 by: Alyssa McIntosh
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A photo of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini riding in a car (probably a military parade) in Germany circa June 1940. Hitler and Mussolini were allies in World War Two. How could people who were in charge of such atrocities look so happy and content? Photo courtesy of the National Archives
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1883 - Apr 28, 1945 1883 - 1945
A photo of a chain gang in 1898.
Added Jan 10, 2012 by: Ancient Faces
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Catherine O'Neill, mug shot, facing front and to her left
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Mrs. Martine, a suffragette who was in prison
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Adam Worth (1844–January 8, 1902) was nicknamed him "the Napoleon of the criminal world". He was a bounty jumper who enlisted in various regiments with assumed names, received his pay, engaged in a bit of action and then deserted. After the Civil War, he became a pickpocket in New York. He eventually founded his own gang of pickpockets and subsequently began to organize robberies and heists. He was caught stealing the cash box of an Adams Express wagon and sentenced to three years in Sing Sing, escaping a couple of weeks later and resuming his criminal career. Worth began to work for the prominent fence and criminal organizer Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaum. With her help he expanded into bank and store robberies around 1866 and eventually began to plan his own heists. In 1869, he helped Marm break safecracker Charley Bullard out of the White Plains Jail through a tunnel. With Bullard, Worth robbed the vault of the Boylston National Bank in Boston on November 20, 1869, again through a tunnel, this time from a neighboring shop. The bank alerted the Pinkertons who tracked the shipment of trunks Worth and Bullard had used to ship the loot to New York. Worth then decided to move to Europe with Bullard. Quite the career!! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the Pinkerton files.
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Added Aug 15, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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J.B. Black, who was arrested for forgery ("bogus checks")- his mug shot. In the early 1900's, it was common for those who were arrested to be held by the police while being photographed. (Black is being forcefully held by his hair.) Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Photoprint by the Cincinnati Police Dept.
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These outlaws were part of the Dalton Gang that was wiped out in Coffeyville Kansas on October 5th 1892 during their daylight robbery of two banks. The Dalton Gang was notoriously famous in Oklahoma for holding up trains and many murders. They successfully evaded authorities for a year and a half which led to a bit too much self confidence. On October 5th 1892 they attempted a daylight robbery of the First National and Condon Banks in their old hometown of Coffeyville at the same time. Two of the Dalton brothers-Bob and Emmett-headed for the First National, while Grat Dalton led Dick Broadwell and Bill Powers in to the Condon Bank. One of the townspeople recognized a member of the gang, and while the gang split up to rob both of the banks the townspeople surrounded both banks at the front & back entrances and shot them as they attempted to escape. Every member except for Emmett Dalton was shot and killed. Emmett was wounded and sentenced to life in prison but after 14 years he won parole. He eventually landed a role as a screenwriter in Hollywood, CA leveraging his experience in the Wild West. He died at the age of 66 in 1937. Outlaws were shot and killed in the Old West then put on display as a sort of 'crime deterrent'. Taking photographs of dead outlaws was a common practice: My own great-grandfather, whose father was a Marshall, had many of these types of photos in his family album.
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The Hatfield McCoy feud lasted from 1863 until 1891 in West Virginia and Kentucky between two of the most infamous U.S. families; the Hatfields & the McCoys. The Hatfield family was led by William Anderson Hatfield, nicknamed the "Devil Anse", and Randolph McCoy, aka "Ole Ran'l", led the McCoy family which emigrated from Ireland. The decades long family feud between the 'haves' (the Hatfields) and the 'have-nots' (the McCoys) began when Asa Harmon McCoy was murdered by "Devil Anse" Hatfield on January 7th, 1865. "Devil Anse" was evidently extremely upset that Asa had fought for the Union during the U.S. Civil War as the Harfield family had predominately fought for the Confederacy. Photo of the Hatfield family clan taken in 1897. Top row, from left to right: Rosa Lee Hatfield (daughter of Anderson), Detroit 'Troy' Hatfield (son of Anderson), Betty Hatfield (Caldwell) (daughter of Anderson), Elias Hatfield (son of Anderson), Tom Chafin (nephew of William Anderson), Joe D. Hatfield (son of William Anderson), Ock Damron, Shephard Hatfield (son of Cap), Levicy Emma Hatfield (daughter of Cap), and Bill Border (store clerk). Second row, from left to right: Mrs. Mary Hensley-Simpkins-Howes (daughter of Anderson) with daughter Vici Simpkins, William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield, Levicy Chafin Hatfield (wife of Anderson), Nancy Elizabeth Hatfield (wife of Cap) with son Robert Elliott Hatfield, Louise Hatfield (daughter of Cap), Cap Hatfield, and Coleman Hatfield (son of Cap) Front row, from left to right: Tennyson 'Tennis' Hatfield (son of Anderson), Levicy Hatfield (daughter of Johnse), Willis Hatfield (son of Anderson), and 'Watch' or 'Yellow Watch' ('Devil Anse's' coon and bear dog)
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Added May 29, 2012 by: Daniel Pinna
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Perhaps Nazi soldier and family
Added Mar 23, 2003 by: Stevie Etheridge
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A Colorized photo of Billy The Kid after it shows him to be right-handed
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c. 1859 - Jul 14, 1881 1859 - 1881
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A photo of Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as H. H. Holmes, who was the first known serial killer in the US. He confessed to 27 murders but only 9 could be confirmed. He was also a con man and a bigamist. His crime spree went on for years even though he died at just age 34 - killings, arson, insurance fraud, bigamy - until the Pinkerton Agency tracked him down in Boston on November 17, 1894. He was held on a horse theft charge from Texas. In October of 1895, Holmes was convicted of the murder of one man and sentenced to death. It was after the trial that he confessed to 27 murders - he was paid $7,500 (worth $216,000 today) by the Hearst newspapers in exchange for his confession so, of course, the confession was suspect. On May 7, 1896, he was hung in Philadelphia - twitching for over 15 minutes before being pronounced dead 20 minutes after the trap had been sprung. Movies, books, and tv shows about Holmes continue to be made - all of them speculative because of Holmes' lack of ability to tell the truth.
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May 16, 1861 - May 7, 1896 1861 - 1896
Added Jul 11, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Reuben Houston Burrow, a well-known train robber in the U.S. South and Southwest. Like Butch Cassidy and his gang, he was hunted by the Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was captured in 1890 and shot while trying to escape. His body was viewed by thousands while on his way to be buried.
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Dec 11, 1854 - Oct 9, 1890 1854 - 1890
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General Emiliano Zapata was a leader of the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century (1910 - 1920). He commanded the Liberation Army of the South while Pancho Villa commanded the Liberation Division of the North. In 1919, Col. Jesus Guajardo invited Zapata to a meeting, under the guise of Guajardo's (erroneous) desire to defect to Zapata's army where Guajardo and his soldiers shot and killed Zapata. The photo here shows Zapata and his staff during the early part of the Mexican Revolution. (Zapata is seated at the desk, on the right.) Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
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Aug 8, 1879 - c. Apr 10, 1919 1879 - 1919
"Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted." US government Memorial site to Flight 93, September 11, 2001
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Associated Press release photo. This photo was also used in the Paris News newspaper on November 5, 1956. I am posting that as well.
A 1942 anti-Hitler/Nazi propaganda poster - showing the "insane thoughts" within Hitler's head. Scary!
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Apr 20, 1889 - Apr 30, 1945 1889 - 1945
Added Nov 30, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is my Great-great fraternal grandfather. He is the Father of William B. Tew and the grandfather of Flossie Tew Tidwell. He had been a prisoner of the Civil War at Appomatox, Virginia and survived. He married 3 times and out-lived two wives.
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February 1842 - Unknown 1842 - ?
Added Oct 13, 2001 by: Charlotte Miller
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The mugshot of Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or H. H. Holmes after being arrested in 1895.
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May 16, 1861 - May 7, 1896 1861 - 1896
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On the morning of July 28, 1945, Lieutenant Colonel William F. Smith Jr. was piloting a B-25 Mitchell bomber on a routine personnel transport out of Massachusetts. He encountered heavy fog and became disoriented as it passed over New York City on its descent into Newark Airport. At 9:40 a.m., it smashed into the north side of the Empire State Building and the oxygen tanks it was carrying exploded causing severe damage to the building. This photo was taken of the 78th and 79th floors after the crash. Between 50 and 60 sightseers were on the 86th floor observation deck when the crash happened. Fourteen people were killed: Colonel Smith, Staff Sergeant Christopher Domitrovich, and Navy Aviation Machinist's Mate Albert Perna, who was hitching a ride, and eleven civilians in the building including Anna Gerlach.
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c. 1900 - Jul 28, 1945 1900 - 1945
This is a photo of John Abner Mathis aKa Floyd Gray Horse added by Danny Bailey on June 14, 2020.
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1875 - Unknown 1875 - ?
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Back of photo: Bank Holdup at Gilman 11:15am August 21, 1934
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1912 - Unknown 1912 - ?
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Loy Harrison (far left) showing Sheriff J.M. Bond (center) of Oconee County and Coroner W.T. Brown (right) of Walton County, where four people were slain near Monroe, Georgia., on July 26, 1946. Two black couples (Roger & Dorothy Malcom, and George & Mae Murrary Dorsey) who were sharecroppers were being driven along a rural road in the summer of 1946 when they were lynched by a mob along the Apalachee River approx. 50 miles east of Atlanta.Over 100 people testified before a grand jury at Moore's Ford Bridge in Walton County but no one was ever indicted. This case recently came to light with Anthony Pitch's 2016 book "The Last Lynching: How a Gruesome Mass Murder Rocked a Small Georgia Town". Anthony has petitioned for the transcripts from the grand jury proceedings and a federal judge in 2017 ordered the records unsealed, but the U.S. Department of Justice appealed arguing that grand jury proceedings are secret and should remain sealed. Ironic, Pitch died two weeks after the announcement that the case would be reheard at the age of 80.
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Aug 2, 1892 - November 1964 1892 - 1964
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Raymond Gaudry, French citzen, decorated veteran WWI, ran for political offices in france 1930s, was in Auschwitz as political prisioner (red triangle on shirt- communist) did not survive the war. info translated from french.
Photo of Dr. Linda Hazzard, the infamous serial killer who starved her patients at Wilderness "Starvation" Heights in Olalla, Washington. It is unknown the total amount of patients which she starved to death under the precept that eating near-to-nothing would cause clarity of mind and 'sin'. Unfortunately, not only did most of her patients lose their lives, but they also lost any possessions that they had on them. All patients that died under her care showed random causes of death when Dr. Hazzard performed the autopsies. Of course, when any legitimate doctor had access to the bodies it was confirmed that they died through starvation.
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1867 - Unknown 1867 - ?
Added Sep 7, 2011 by: Daniel Pinna
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Edward McCarthy, half-length portrait of criminal and description for police identification. Description includes name, alias, physiognomical characteristics, date of arrest in Chicago, Illinois, charge, etc., on verso. (arrested on suspicion June 21 1896, sentenced 25 - 30 days, age 37, occupation P.P.?, alias Hair Lip Kelly) Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
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Anne Frank's Diary Published in English 65 Years Later
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