Most Notorious Gangsters Imprisoned on Alcatraz. These 5 gangsters and criminals are the worst and most notorious gangsters ever imprisoned on Alcatraz aka. "The Rock"
5. Arthur R. Barker
Arthur R. Barker was an American criminal, the son of Ma Barker and a member of the Barker-Karpis gang, founded by his brother Fred Barker and Alvin Karpis. Arthur, generally known as "Doc", was typically called on for violent action, while Fred and Karpis planned the gang's crimes. He was arrested and convicted of kidnapping in 1935. Sent to Alcatraz in 1936, he was killed three years later while attempting to escape from the rock.
4. Alvin “Creepy” Karpis
Alvin Francis Karpis, a Depression-era gangster nicknamed "Creepy" for his sinister smile and called "Ray" by his gang members, was a Canadian born (naturalized American) criminal of Lithuanian descent known for being one of the three leaders of the Barker-Karpis gang in the 1930s. He was the last "Public Enemy #1" to be taken. He also spent the longest time as a federal prisoner in Alcatraz Prison, serving twenty-six years.
3. George “Machine Gun” Kelly
George Francis Barnes Jr. better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an Irish American gangster during the Prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most famous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, collected a $200,000 ransom. His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery.
2. Robert “The Birdman” Stroud
Robert Franklin Stroud, known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz", was a federal American prisoner, cited as one of the most notorious criminals in American history. Stroud had a superior intellect and became a first-rate ornithologist ( bird-expert ) and author. But was an extremely dangerous and menacing psychopath, disliked and distrusted by his jailers and fellow inmates. He LOVED bird but hated people, especially men…
1. Al Capone
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone was an American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era. His seven year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33 years old and he eventually ended up on Alcatraz. Not much else needs to be said, everyone knows about his legacy and he was an easy pick for first place.