With the Great Depression for the 1930’s came a wave of crime. This was not the typical bootlegging from the 1920s and prohibition era with the mobs and mob leaders such as Alphonso Capone of Chicago. This was a new wave of crime: notorious bank robbers. We all know of the Wild West bank robbers, for instance the James Younger gang, the Hole in the wall gang led by butch Cassidy and many others. The difference now is that modern day bank robbers were not armed with colt single action revolvers and they most defiantly were not fleeing on horseback any more. They were now heavily armed with colt 1911 automatic pistols, 45 caliber Thompson sub machine guns and B.A.Rs (browning automatic rifles). Along with their fully automatic military grade weapons they were using the auto mobile as a source of their getaway. For the most part these gangsters struck in the heartland of the United States. This was where the Great Depression had a huge effect on the life of the people. The civilians looked at the bank robbers as an act of revenge on the banks.
The famous bank robbers of the 1930s were not from areas they were known to rob. For the most part, some of the bank robbers consisted of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, and Baby Face Nelson. Many of these men and women had younger criminal activity. They came from all over the United States.
John Dillinger came from Indianapolis Indiana. He was known to be one of, if not the most famous bank robber of the 1930’s. In his career of crime, he was in prison on two separate offenses. When going to prison the first time, he was quoted saying “I will be the meanest bastard you ever saw when I get out of here” (johndillinger/ quotes).
The second time he was sent to prison, Dillinger was in was for his robbery on the Bluffton Ohio bank. He was sent to Lima prison where his where his famous escape took place in 1933. It was an elaborate escape involving sneaking men and guns inside the prison walls ( thebiographychannel/biography ).
From June 1933 the Dillinger gang robbed 24 banks and 4 police stations and killing 13 lawmen. Dillinger was killed at the age of 31 in July 1934 (biography/people). Along with Dillinger there were others, for example Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow from Texas. They were known to have robbed 12 banks and killed nine police men. Bonnie was killed at the age of 23 along with Clyde at the age of 25 in a police ambush. From Adairsville, Georgia was a man named Charles Arthur. He is known as Pretty Boy Floyd, the name given for his good looks. He was known for bank robberies and killing of lawmen. Floyd was gunned down by law men at the age of 30. Machine gun Kelly, also known as George Barns, was from Memphis, Tennessee. He got his nick name from his favorite weapon the Thompson sub machine gun. Kelly was arrested in 1933 after trying to collect a ransom of 200,000 dollars. He later died in prison in the 1950s. This last man was very famous and was at...