crime Infamous Snitches Who Avoided Life in Prison  

Jacob Shelton
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Everyone knows the age old adage "snitches get stitches," yet for some reason people still decide to tattle. Maybe they aren't as afraid of needles as we are, or maybe they just don't take the term literally. Since the dawn of time people have been ratting each other out, whether it's to get ahead at work or to get out of trouble. On this list of famous snitches we've got mob bosses, cold blooded killers, hip hop wannabes, and even a US President! After all, you don't get to the top without getting a little dirty. 

While you're reading through this list of famous informants who avoided jail time by turning in their closest pals (and accomplices) take some time for self reflection and remember that even when your friends annoy you, at least they aren't mob snitches!

It's bananas to think that some of the mafia snitches and other tattletales on this list were able to get off squeaky clean after all the heinous crimes they committed, just by naming names. If we knew all it took to get some of that sweet Witness Protection business was to ice some goodfellas, we'd have started icing gangsters a long time ago. Is that the right term? Icing?

From Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney (say whaaat?) to Linda Tripp and a whole lot of mafia guys with cool nicknames, these are the biggest snitches in history.

Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Infamous Snitches Who Avoided Life in Prison
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There are almost as many myths and half truths about Walt Disney as there are people in line for Space Mountain on any given weekend: his frozen body is kept below Disney Land, he was a Nazi sympathizer (probably true), he was an FBI Informant, the list goes on.

According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, it seems that Walt Disney served as a secret FBI informant for 26 years and allowed J. Edgar Hoover access to movie and TV scripts so the agency director could suggest changes. Maybe that's why there's so much cross dressing in all those early Disney films. 

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Sammy Gravano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Infamous Snitches Who Avoided Life in Prison
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Sammy the Bull led a varied life in the New York mafia underground. He began his career as a wiseguy who moved up the mob ladder until he was a confidant of famed mob boss John Gotti. Along the way he spilled enough blood to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool. 

Eventually, Gravano and several members of my family became disenchanted with Gotti's lust for the media and high profile antics, feeling they brought too much heat. He testified against Gotti and other high-ranking mobsters in exchange for a reduced sentence. Since Gravano had already served four years, his sentence amounted to less than one year.

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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Infamous Snitches Who Avoided Life in Prison
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Before he was the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan lived out his days in Hollyweird, acting in films like Bedtime for Bonzo and Hellcats of the NavyThis is common knowledge. But did you know that as a budding politician in Hollywood's acting community after World War II, Reagan served as a confidential informant for the FBI, snitching about pro-Communist influences in the Screen Actors Guild and other Hollywood organizations? No wonder he's a conservative hero. 

Source: Mercury News

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Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Infamous Snitches Who Avoided Life in Prison
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In 2014, The Smoking Gun reported that Sharpton, whose classified alias was “CI-7,” was heavily involved with the FBI in the 1980s. The report claimed Sharpton’s association with the Genovese organized crime family included recording conversations and led to the arrests of several mob members such as Dominick “Baldy Dom” Canterino and soldier Federico “Fritzy” Giovanelli. "CI-7" sounds cool but "Big Greasy" might have been a better nickname.

Source: The Smoking Gun
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