Top 10 Famous Crime Couples
Crime is typically a matter of choice and criminals often use hidden reasons disguised as excuses to back up criminal acts. Misguided motivations of these individuals often have serious impactson people around them. The presence of a partner in crime can significantly reinforce the urge to commit criminal behavior, especially if they have similar goals and interests: These are ten crime couples that have shocked the society during their era:
10. Myra Hindley and Ian Brady
The Moor Murders was a well-known criminal case in UK during the 1960’s carried out by Myra Hindley and Ian Brady. They murdered 5 children and teenagers (Pauline Reade, John Kilbridge, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans) in Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester
Because of her gender, Hindley faced more public outrage than Brady. Many even assumed the she was the devil incarnate. The couple showed cool responses when a tape recording of one of the tortures was played. Hindley insisted on her innocence and subsequent confessions to secure her release only make her a figure of hate.
9. Burke and Hare
Burke and Hare murders or the West Port murders were perpetrated by William Burke and William Hare. In 19th century, the Edinburgh Medical College was widely recognized for researches in medical sciences. A huge influx of new students, caused a surge of demand for cadavers. Executed criminals were the only legal source of bodies, but the number of executions declines sharply after changes in law. Burke and Hare killed 17 people in a murder spree that lasted for about one year. Burke was hanged and his body was dissected in the Edinburgh Medical College for educational purpose. Hare was released years later and rumored to die in lime pit as a blind beggar.
8. Frank and Jesse James
Frank James and Jesse James were members of James–Younger gang. They were a group of former Confederate soldiers and their crime started one year after the war ended. The gang’s activities were centered in the Missouri and members changed from robbery to robbery. Authorities first named James brothers as suspects for a bank robbery in Russellville, Kentucky. The group was disbanded in 1876 after an ill-after bank robbery attempt that caused the capture of three Younger brothers. Jesse James tried to rebuild his criminal career, until his death in 1882.
7. Karla and Paul Bernardo
Karla Leanne Homolka and Paul Bernardo were serial killers who attracted public attention in the early1990’s. Homolka was sentenced for the murder of two girls, while Bernardo was sentenced into life imprisonment for the murder of three girls (including Homolka’s sister) and dozens cases of sexual abuse. In return for her full testimony, Homolka’s sentence was reduced to 12 years in prison.
During the investigation, Homolka revealed that she was frequently abused and became an unwilling accomplice for the killing spree. Homolka has been released from prison and currently married to Thierry Bordelais.
6. Leopold and Loeb
Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were two law students from wealthy families, who were convicted for murder and kidnapping. They spent a few months preparing for a “perfect crime”. On May 1924, the couple kidnapped and murdered Loeb’s neighbor, Bobby Franks. To make identification impossible, they poured hydrochloric acid on the body. However, a pair of glasses found near the crime scene helped police to identify the real murderers. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment and the case became a great inspiration for many films, novels and plays.
5. Henry Lucas and Ottis Toole
Henry Lucas and Ottis Toole were serial killers who were convicted for 11 murder cases. During the investigation, Luca confessed that they were involved in 600 murders, however, the ridiculously high number of victims have been challenged by court and law enforcement officials.
Both targeted random victims of all genders, races and ages through bludgeoning, strangling, stabbing and shooting. The lack of identifiable patterns prevented the authority to quickly identify and track Lucas and Toole. They were originally sentenced to death penalty but commuted to life imprisonment by the then Governor George W. Bush.
4. Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi
In late 1970’s several women were found killed in Los Angeles area. Until the perpetrators of the offenses were discovered, suspects were named the “Hillside Strangler”. After a series of investigations, police charged Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi with the crime. Bianchi was arrested after in Bellingham, Washington and convicted for murdering a couple of victims. Bianchi initially attempted to claim personality disorder, but a psychologist, Dr. Martin Orne found that he faked the mental illness. Buono’s case was largely based on Bianchi’s testimony and his trial became the longest in American legal history.
3. Rosemary and Fred West
Rosemary and Fred West were British serial killers couple and convicted for the murder of at least eleven young women in Gloucestershire. While Fred was serving a prison sentence for theft, Rosemary murdered Charmaine, Fred’s stepdaughter. The majority of the offenses occurred in the mid and late 1970’s. Fred was found dead, hanged with knotted bed sheet while awaiting trial. Rosemary West is still serving her time in prison at HMP Low Newton, Brasside, Durham. The main crime scene; the house they lived in was demolished and now becomes a landscaped footpath.
2. Bonny and Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Barrow Chestnut were famous American criminals, thieves and outlaws during the Great Depression er, who grabbed public attention between 1931 and 1934. Clyde started his career as petty criminal stealing from petrol station and small business, but the duo was known for numerous successful bank robberies.
Bonny and Clyde were killed during an ambush in Louisiana. Frank Hamer and five other police officers received a tip that the couple planned to rob a bank in Arcadia, Louisiana. They waited for a Ford V8 that Clyde previously stole and emptied their sub-machinegun magazine on it. The car was hit 130 times; Clyde died instantly from a burst on the head and Bonnie was mortally wounded. Their bodies were shown off to the media to authenticate their death.
1. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were responsible for numerous murders and robberies. Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch typically split up following a successful robbery and later reunited at a specified location. During a massive man hunt, the group reportedly fled to South America only to be wiped out during a shootout with the Bolivian cavalry. Laura Bullion was the last known surviving member of the Wild Bunch, who lived the remainder of her life as a seamstress and died in Memphis in 1961, after serving her sentence for a few years.