25 Extremely Notorious Gangsters

What attracts a person to organized crime? Gangsters are members of criminal organizations known for their illegal activities, particularly drug smuggling, gambling, bootlegging, and assassinations. For decades, these groups have been active in several countries, most notably in Europe, Asia, the United States, and Latin America. Most of these gangsters became infamous from the severity of their crimes: the amount of drugs that they smuggled, the fortunes that they accumulated, and their ruthless, sometimes even high profile killings. Here is a list of the top 25 Extremely Notorious Gangsters.
25 Extremely Notorious Gangsters

25 Extremely Notorious Gangsters

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Jack Diamond


Irish American gangster Jack Diamond, more commonly known as “Gentleman Jack,” was a bootlegger whose operations were largely focused in Philadelphia. He was a close friend to another notorious gangster and gambler, Arnold Rothstein. As he oversaw bootleg alcohol sales in lower Manhattan, Diamond had a conflict with Dutch Schultz and the other gangs of the city. He also got involved in a series of kidnappings in Manhattan, including that of James Duncan. He died after being shot by his enemies in his hideout in Albany, New York, in 1931.


Tom Devaney


A mobster based in New York, Tom Devaney was the man behind the drift between mobster Mickey Spillane and the Genovese crime family in the 1960’s and 70’s. He also led the gang war against James Coonan, an Irish American mobster and racketeer in Manhattan. George Barone, together with an alleged gunman named Joe “Mad Dog” Sullivan, murdered Tom Devany in Midtown Manhattan in 1976 before murdering Spillane the following year.


James Coonan


An Irish-American mobster and racketeer who use to operate in New York, Manhattan, James “Jimmy C” Coonan became a gangster and organize his own powerful crew of criminals to avenge his father, who was kidnapped, beaten and killed by another well-known mobster in the 1960’s, Mickey Spillane. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison after he was proven guilty of murdering Harold Whitehead.


Dawood Ibrahim


The man behind the infamous Indian organized crime syndicate dubbed as D-Company, Dawood Ibrahim currently heads a large, unlawful empire in India. He is believed to have masterminded, financed, and organized the 1993 Bombay bombings, a series of 13 bomb explosions in Mumbai that left about 250 casualties in each attack. He used to have close links with the late Osama Bin Laden of Al Qaeda and is currently the most wanted man in India.


The Kray Brothers


Reginald “Reggie” Kray and Ronald “Ronnie” Kray were twin brothers and English gangsters who orchestrated a series of organized crimes in East London. They were primarily involved in large-scale robberies, assaults, arson, protection rackets, as well as the murder of the notorious criminal, Jack “The Hat” McVitie, from London. Though they were among the most feared gangsters of their time, the twins became US celebrities in the 1960’s with their willingness to share their stories in interviews, books, and movies.

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