Five Most Famous Get Away Cars

History is filled with little details that grab our attention–even when they shouldn’t. Most would argue against our communal interest in the criminal mind, yet most of us just can’t help it. For the introverted thrill seekers among us, here are the five most famous getaway cars that history won’t ever forget.

  1. Beginning in 1911, there was a string of bank robberies in France committed by the anarchist Bonnot Gang. This was one of the first cases that made the getaway car an actual thing because cars were so new that police didn’t even have access to them! They used a Delaunay-Belleville to escape authorities and committed a number of murders in the process. Many of the gang members were killed during the pursuit, and others died by execution after they were caught. A few survived.
  2. Al Capone, who most of us know better as “Scarface”, was a famous mobster with high class tastes. Because he was so important to organized crime in the early 1900s, he required certain extravagant protections. That’s why his vehicle of choice was an armored 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan. When you’re invincible, you can always get away.
  3. John Dillinger is a legend, depending on who you ask. He managed to survive an almost hour-long firefight with the authorities, only to then escape in a 1930 Ford Model A. That’s no small feat when the entirety of the FBI is under a single mandate to capture you.
  4. Bonnie and Clyde drove a 1934 Ford during their attempts to evade law enforcement. Of course, the vehicle is riddled with holes now. Not everyone’s getaway story ends in victory, and this is a story that has captivated Americans ever since.
  5. Remember the white Ford Bronco that Al Cowlings drove (very slowly) while helping O.J. Simpson avoid police in 1994? This might just be the most infamous vehicle of all time. Cowlings told police that O.J. had a gun to his head. When they finally arrived at the mansion that O.J. owned, police took him into custody. Yet again, the getaway car proved useless.

Famous Southern California Car Chases

Craziest Car Chases of So Cal

Southern California is known for their sunshine, stars, beaches, and palm trees. Unfortunately, they have become infamous for car chases. There have been criminals fleeing the scene of a crime, stolen tanks, and a couple of guys who were just doing it for fun. The thrill of a car chase really gets the adrenaline of American’s pumping. There is nothing better than watching someone recklessly drive down the 405 freeway in an attempt to get away from the dozens of police cars and helicopters hat are hot on their tail. It’s a bit naïve to think that you can run from the police, but hey, let’s give them an A for effort, am I right?

O.J. Simpson Police Chase – 1994

Let’s start with the most iconic of all of them. For those who do not know, O.J. Simpson is a Hall of Fame football player. He was living in California just after breaking up with his ex-girlfriend. One night, his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend were found brutally murdered in the front yard of their estate. After an investigation by the police, O.J. was considered the main suspect. When they went to arrest the running back, he fled. It was then; the infamous image of the white Bronco tearing down the 405 freeway with nearly a dozen cop cars following was born. The story was covered by all of the major news networks and for two hours.

Tank Chase – 1995

In 1995, one of the most epic car chases took place in San Diego. The culprit stole a tank. Yup, that’s right; an M-60 tank was stolen. During what quite possibly was the slowest police chase in the history of the world, the driver did a lot of damage. The tank crashed with all sorts of object, rolling over about 40 cars and took down telephone poles and fire hydrants. The car chase ended in a shootout, with the driver of the tank being shot dead.

Bank Robbers – 2012

In 2012, a group of men decided to rob a bank, and flee the scene in a Volvo SUV. The robbers drove through the streets of Los Angeles; the culprits threw money out of the windows. This caused a mob to build behind the car. People were following the car and grabbing as much cash as they could hold. Surprisingly, there were no reported injuries. The bank robbers were eventually stopped and placed under arrest.

The Teacher – 2012

2012 was a great year for car chases. There were two that made this list. The second is a story of a teacher. The teacher was about to be busted for the accusation of performing sexual acts with a student. He took the police for a good run down the 405 and 10 freeways. The teacher did the police a favor and eventually ran himself off of the road. He rolled down a hill and ended up in a car crash with a tree.

The guys who were just having fun…? – 2016

Some people enjoy watching a police chase so much; they decide to get into one. A couple of guys must have been bored on this day in 2016 when they decided to go for a joy ride. With the top down in the rain, the two were seen doing donuts on Sunset Boulevard. A police chase soon ensued and the drivers led them into the surrounding residential area. The police were able to peacefully apprehend the men when they found them giving high-fives and hugs out to residents.

O.J. Simpson is Out of Prison. Where is He Now?

Orenthal James Simpson, otherwise known as O.J. Simpson, is a former NFL football player. In 1994 through 1995 he was tried and acquitted for the murders of his second wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. In 2008, he was convicted of arm robbery and kidnapping and served time in Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. On October 1, 2017, O.J. was released on parole.

Where is O.J. Simpson now? After being released from Lovelock, O.J. is now living in Las Vegas. For security and privacy reasons, the exact location of his Nevada location is not known to the public. O.J. was used to living in California when he was a wealthy celebrity. However, now, due to his reduced income after his prison stay, California is likely too expensive for his current state of being.

His children Justin and Sydney live in Florida, and Simpson has talked about trying to move to Florida to be closer to them, such as to Naples, Florida. However, the state of Florida, according to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, is not particularly welcome to O.J. moving in due to his sordid history.

In any case, Simpson cannot move to Florida without filing transfer papers as part of being on parole. There are other rules, as well, as part of his five-year parole supervision. For example, he will have to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, and he is forbidden to hang out with ex-convicts.

Even though O.J. is living with an income that is reduced from what he used to have, his pensions, which are not subject to seizure by creditors, could reach as high as $25,000 a month, which is at least $300,000 a year. There is a multi-million dollar civil ruling against him regarding the deaths of Brown and Goldman, but it is unclear if that money will ever be paid.

Take An Acid Bath: John George Haigh

He could be called a chemist, or at least a scientist.

He liked working with corpses. But he performed some very macabre experiments, that weren’t really experiments.

John George Haigh, unlike many scientists, was not working with chemicals in looking to benefit society with his work. He was just doing it for kicks, and it cost several people their lives, their fortunes … and their bodies.

Being called the “Acid Bath Murderer,” though, was a bit misleading – he only used the acid bath after the people were already dead.

Nonetheless, John George Haigh is considered one of the more creepy U.K. serial killers, not Texas for once. He was executed at the age of 40 after being found guilty of killing six people over five years, though he admitted to killing nine people while he was on Death Row. The other three deaths could not be officially attributed to him.

While the number of victims wasn’t staggering, what put Haigh at the height of infamy was what he did with the bodies. The story was revealed that Haigh believed that if a body was never found, he couldn’t be nailed for the murder, so he worked on a disappearing act.

After he either beat or shot his victims, he would grab the dead body, drink a cup of blood (he admitted), stuff the body inside a 45-gallon drum, and pour concentrated sulfuric acid into the drum until the body was submerged. The acid would eat away at the body, and the heat produced by the chemical reaction would even melt the bones. After a couple of days, Haigh would return and empty the drum of the resultant sludge.

Yep, cheery thought, right?

Why did he kill? The general claim was that there was a profit motive. After already serving time in prison for fraud, Haigh would forge documents that would give him power of attorney on behalf of his victims, allowing him to liquidate their assets. It was recorded that he made more than 12,000 British pounds with these sales, which was a lot of money in post-World War II Britain.

The very last victim exposed his “perfect crime,” as not all of the woman’s body had fully dissolved. A couple bone fragments were found, as well as dentures, lipstick and a handbag which were all traced to the most recent victim, a 69-year-old wealthy widow named Olive Durand-Deacon. As police followed up on a missing-person’s report filed by Durand-Deacon’s friend, police searched a property that Haigh was using, and evidence related to several of his other victims were discovered, along with Durand-Deacon’s remains.

The “perfect crime” was foiled, though Haigh certainly tried to get out of it. He first claimed that he was insane because of a tough childhood with an abusive father. But when that didn’t work, he tried the defense of not having a body meaning no conviction. Of course, that ultimately didn’t work either, and he was convicted of six murders and was executed by hanging.

When Does Murder Become A Federal Crime?

According to the United States Constitution, criminal law is left to be handled by the individual States where the crime was committed. So for example, let’s say you kill someone in Florida and are caught, you will be tried under Florida’s criminal laws.

But did you know that there are 10 specific cases in which committing murder can be seen as a federal offense and therefore ultimately be tried in a federal court? Not that we condone murder in any way but here’s how murder becomes a federal crime:

  1. Murdering An Elected/Appointed Official Of The Federal Government – this includes the President, Vice-President, Congressman, Senators, Cabinet Members or Supreme Court Justice.
  2. Murdering A Federal Jude or Law Enforcement Official – this includes any judge servicing on the federal court as well as law enforcement officials like the FBI, CIA, DEA, etc.
  3. Murdering An Immediate Family Member of A Law Enforcement Official – you cannot threaten a law enforcement to drop their investigation by murdering their family.
  4. Murdering Someone With The Intent Of Influencing The Outcome Of A Court Case – you cannot kill jurors, witnesses, police informants or officers to help win your court case. It’s also a federal crime to kill someone in response to their testimony.
  5. Murdering Someone During A Bank Robbery – since bank robbery in itself is a federal crime, if someone is killed (civilian, security guard, etc) the criminal will be brought up on a federal murder charge.
  6. Murdering A Child With Ties To Rape, Child Molestation or Sexual Exploitation – if you have sexually abused a child and they are killed because of it or you murder them afterward that will lead you to a federal murder charge. 
  7. Murdering Someone Aboard A Ship – maritime law is tricky because the ocean is considered multinational but since you are crossing multiple state lines in some cases it becomes a part of interstate travel which is under Federal Jurisdiction.
  8. Murdering Someone For Drug Related Reasons – due to the country’s War on Drugs, drug related offenses have higher punishments and are prosecuted under federal laws.
  9. Murdering Someone Due To A Contract (Communicated Through Internet/Cell Phone) – since cell phone towers and internet lines cross state lines this falls under Federal Jurisdiction.
  10. Murdering Someone Due To A Contract (Communicated By Mail) – same reason as above.

For the record, MURDER IS A CRIME! We do not want anyone to commit these heinous acts. But in some situations, it becomes a federal crime where the punishment and sentencing are much more severe than if being tried in a state court. We are bringing these up in the event you watch Crime Dramas, you can impress all your friends and family with your knowledge of Federal Law.

Infamous Historical Figures

According to, to be famous means:

having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated:

So then what does it means to be infamous?

having an extremely bad reputation: deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable:

As we study throughout school and learn about history, we learn of two types of people – those who do good in the world (for example, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Gandhi) and those who do evil in the world (Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Sadam Hussein).

What makes these people infamous or evil is what they did – their crimes against humanity. These historical figures are taught to us in school because of their crimes which were (pardon the pun) enormous. Here’s our list of Infamous Historical Figures that people seem to forget were so incredibly evil:

1. Nero

Nero was the Roman Emperor from 54 to 86 AD. Nero suffered from mother issues as she controlled a lot of his life at an early age. This resentment towards his mother took Nero down a dark path and he arranged to have her murdered. He became extremely paranoid of anyone trying to take the power away from him and was even accused of raping and killing his half brother.

2. Pol Pot

Pol Pot was a communist leader of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. In those four short years, 1.5 million people, roughly 25% of the entire population died from overwork, disease, starvation and good old fashioned execution. With the goal of creating a peasant and classless society his regime targeted anyone intellectual.

3. Saddam Hussein

President of Iraq from 1973 to 2003. Over this 30 year reign there are numerous crimes to choose from that make him one of the most infamous despots, but here are some of his most noteworthy:

  • Kidnapped an entire village in response to his attempted assassination in 1982 including women and children
  • Afnal Campaign forcing the Kurdish out of Iraq resulting in the use of chemical warfare killing 5,000 men, women and children
  • Causing environmental disaster after ordering oil wells to be ignited during the Persian Gulf War
  • Order the murder of his relatives and other family members

Sometimes we think of evil as something that isn’t real. Something that is only fiction but as it turns out, in our own short history of mankind, there are some truly evil people.

Who are some of your favorite infamous historical figures?

How Are The Kardashians connected to OJ Simpson?

The OJ Simpson Trial was literally the trial of the 21st century. But little do people know the mass media surrounding this trial is connected to the mass media that is now following around The Kardashians. Without this trial, the Kardashians wouldn’t require “keeping up with.” Let’s dive into these three points to get a better understanding of how this took place.

1. He was friends with and represented by Robert Kardashian

The first piece of the puzzle to understand is that O.J. Simpson was very good friends with Robert Kardashian. Robert was O.J.’s confidant and was a participant on the dream team legal defense team that was put together in order to represent him. Robert would eventually die, but the link between the families was what brought the Kardashian family to prominence in the eyes of America.

2. The Kardashians and the girls were friends with the family

In addition to Robert being friends with OJ, the Kardashian girls and wife were friends with O.J. Simpson and his family. There are many famous photographs from that period of time and the family was often interwoven into some of the storylines related to the case and the fascination with the Brentwood lifestyle.

3. OJ Simpson’s trial kicked off the reality craze

The craze of the O.J. Simpson case has lived forever, due to the fact that it literally started the reality TV sensation. You can find O.J. Simpson coverage on every channel in the early to mid-90s and reality giants were ever since. This not only changed television, it changed what people look for in terms of news and popular culture. Since the Kardashian family was an integral part of this craze, it is no accident that years later, they are also the standard of reality television.