Everyone knows about Bonnie and Clyde. But there have been other criminal duos in history that have become famous for brutal murders and atrocities. What did they have in common? What made them commit joint crimes?
On November 15, 1959, two ex-convicts, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, attacked the Clutter family in Kansas.
They expected to find a safe with ten thousand dollars in it. Breaking into the house at night and finding no money, the criminals killed a family of four. They didn't hide for long. In December of the same year, the accomplices were caught in Las Vegas. At the trial, Smith confessed that he had killed two family members-a father and a son, but neither of the perpetrators took it upon themselves to kill the mother and daughter. Hickok and Smith were sentenced to death, which was carried out in April 1965.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are perhaps the most famous criminal couple. A couple of criminals operated in America during the Great Depression.
They traveled through Central America, robbing banks, stores, and gas stations. At the same time, they always managed to outwit the police. The gang had been operating for several years, and the police had no leads that would allow them to be exposed. The police managed to catch up with the couple in May 1934, setting up an ambush on one of the roads in the countryside. During the capture operation, Bonnie and Clyde were killed.
In 1989, brothers Lyle and Eric Menendez shot their parents in their Beverly Hills home. The murderers had carefully planned their attack, intending to get rid of their strict father and put an end to their mother's torment.
On the night of the murder, the Menendez brothers arrived at their parents ' mansion. The father was shot in the back of the head, and then the mother was shot. After the murder, the brothers got rid of their weapons and bought movie tickets so that attending the movie show would be an alibi for them. When Lyle got home from the movie theater, he called the police. Some time after the murder, the Menendez Brothers began to spend their inheritance lavishly, and this aroused the suspicions of the police.
In the end, Eric confessed to his psychologist. The brothers were taken into custody. Eric and Laila Menendez were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They were sentenced to life in prison.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are the teenagers responsible for the shooting at Columbia High School on April 20, 1999.
On that day, two high school students went to a country school, where they staged a shooting. They killed 13 people and wounded 24. As a result of the investigation, it turned out that the teenagers were planning to commit a terrorist attack, but when the improvised explosive device did not work, they started shooting at people.
Robert Thompson and John Venables are the two youngest murderers in history. In 1993, the two 10-year-old boys abducted and murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool.
The boys lured the toddler to the mall while his mother was in the store. They took him for a walk to the railway tracks. There they tortured, raped and beat the child until he died. The baby died from severe blows to the head. Robert Thompson and John Venables left the victim's mutilated body on the train tracks.
The police were able to identify the perpetrators from the video of the external video surveillance of the shopping center. A blood test was also performed on the victim's body. Robert Thompson and John Venables were arrested and tried, despite their age. They were found guilty and sentenced to indefinite imprisonment.
These American students in 1924 committed the so-called "crime of the century»: 14-year-old Bobby Franks was abducted and killed.
18-year-old Loeb and his lover, 19-year-old Nathan just wanted to know what it was like to kill "someone". This" someone " turned out to be Loeb's cousin, 14-year-old Bobby. On May 21, 1924, the killers abducted the boy, killed him, and dumped his body in a sewer near his home in Chicago.
Everything was planned perfectly. But Nathan accidentally left his glasses at the crime scene. They became the main evidence in the case. Soon the criminals were taken into custody. They confessed to the murder ten days after the murder. Loeb and Nathan were tried, but it remains unclear how they managed to avoid the death penalty. Loeb was killed in prison by a cellmate, and Nathan's sentence expired in 1958, and he was released from prison.
DC Snipers is a criminal duo of 41-year-old John Muhammad and 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo. The perpetrators committed the murders over a three-week period in October 2002, killing 13 people.
DC Snipers traveled along the capital's Ring Road, putting fear in the residents. They shot random passers-by with a rifle with a telescopic sight, hiding in the trunk of a car. The perpetrators were eventually caught sleeping in their car. Muhammad was sentenced to death, and Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.
Frank and Jesse James are famous outlaws of the Wild West. The James brothers were partisans during the Civil War. In the same period, their criminal path began.
The men hijacked and looted trains, killing 22 soldiers in the process. After the war, Frank and Jesse began robbing banks, trains, and stores in Iowa, Alabama, and Texas. In 1866, the brothers first committed a bank robbery during the day. At the same time, one passerby was killed. The brothers stole $ 58,000.
Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck are a criminal duo known as the Lonely Hearts Killers.
The couple teamed up to carry out attacks on single women. They robbed their victims and killed some of them. The couple was arrested and charged with 20 counts of murder. In 1951, they were executed in the electric chair.
Butch Cassidy is a famous outlaw of the Wild West. He specialized in train and bank robberies. From 1986 until the early 1900s, Cassidy and an accomplice known as the Sundance Kid hijacked dozens of trains. They robbed passengers, broke into safes, embezzled thousands of dollars. The couple was also involved in the notorious Union Pacific train robbery in Nebraska on September 18, 1877. Hiding from the police, the criminal duo moved to South America. Both criminals were killed in the shootout.