The Most Notorious Bank Robbers Ever Anything
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The Most Notorious Bank Robbers Ever

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From Butch Cassidy to Bonnie and Clyde, they've all dared and tried...HEY! I'm a poet and didn't know it! ;) Well, they happen every day all around the world, who was the baddest?
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    Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow

    Well-known American outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. At times the gang included Buck Barrow, Blanche Barrow, Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, and Henry Methvin. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934. Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in North Louisiana by law officers. Their reputation was cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn's 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.

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    Saddam Hussein ordered Iraq's central bank to withdraw $1 billion for his youngest son the day before the invasion to stop it falling into foreign hands, according to a leaked letter apparently written by the former dictator. In a hand-written note to the bank's governor, marked "top secret" and dated March 19, 2003, the former president told Isam Huwaish to give $920 million and 90 million euros to his son Qusay and another man, al-Mashriq newspaper reported yesterday. The Iraqi national broadsheet reproduced the letter, which appears to bear Saddam's signature. The huge amount of cash, said to be in $100 bills, was loaded in metal boxes on to three lorries during a five-hour operation, said bank officials interviewed after the fall of Baghdad. American officers suspect that much of the money was moved to Syria, where Saddam's relatives are said to have fled before the invasion. At least $650 million, possibly part of the bank hoard, was recovered behind a false wall by American marines who captured the palace of Uday Hussein, the dictator's eldest son. Uday and Qusay died together in a battle with US troops in the northern city of Mosul in July 2003.

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    High Incident Bandits

    On the morning of Friday, February 28, 1997, after months of preparation, including extensive reconnoitering of their intended target the Bank of America branch located at 6600 Laurel Canyon Boulevard—Phillips and Mătăsăreanu loaded five rifles, one handgun, and approximately 3,300 rounds of ammunition in box and drum magazines into the trunk of their vehicle: two modified Norinco Type 56 S rifles, a modified Norinco Type 56 S-1, a semi automatic HK91, and a modified Bushmaster Dissipator. Phillips also carried a 9mm Beretta Model 92FS INOX, holstered underneath his jacket. Phillips wore a bulletproof vest and several pieces of home made body armor, covering his groin, shins, thighs, and forearms. To store box magazines for the rifles, in particular the HK91, he also wore a load bearing vest over the bulletproof one. Mătăsăreanu wore only a bulletproof vest, but included a metal trauma plate to protect vital organs. Additionally, both robbers had sewn watch faces onto the back of their gloves. Before entering, they took the muscle relaxer phenobarbital to calm their nerves. The North Hollywood shootout was an armed confrontation between two heavily armed and armored bank robbers and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles on February 28, 1997. Both robbers were killed, eleven police officers and seven civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and police.

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    Charles Arthur Pretty Boy Floyd

    An American bank robber. He operated in the Midwest and West South Central States, and his criminal exploits gained heavy press coverage in the 1930s. Like most other prominent outlaws of that era, he was killed by policemen. While speculation remains among which officers were actually there, local or the FBI, known accounts prove that local officers Robert "Pete" Pyle and George Curran were present for not only the killing, but also the embalming. He remains a familiar figure in American popular culture, sometimes seen as notorious, but at other times viewed as a tragic figure, partly a victim of hard times.

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    Jacques Mesrine Added by: Clark Benson

    French criminal and "Robin Hood" folk hero of the late 60s/1970s who robbed banks (as well as murdered and kidnapped numerous people). Mesrine, who was Public Enemy Number One in France for years, also managed to escape on multiple occasions from different maximum security prisons. But it was his impunity with bank robberies - including multiple ones on the same day - while exiled in Canada in the early 70s that brought him true notoriety as someone who took far more risks than the average highly intelligent criminal. See the excellent 2 part 2008 films "Mesrine" for more background, as well as his Wikipedia entry. 

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