Famous Miami Criminals

What do you think about when somebody mentions Miami? Do you think about a green Florida paradise? Do you think about architecture? Do you think about contemporary trends in a changing world? Or do you think about the criminal underworld? Miami is famous for a lot of things, but none are more fascinating than its evildoers. Here are just a few of the most famous!

Everyone has heard of Pablo Escobar, the Medellin Cartel kingpin. When he reigned at the top, flooding the city with drugs, Anibal Mustelier (the Ghost) was making his way up a different ladder–as a hitman. He’s known for robberies, cartel murders, and most notoriously, a number of assassinations in Colombia and Cuba. Until 2016, he was never caught. He was found in a Miami suburb after another string of robberies.

Who else but Al Capone might have run his criminal enterprises from afar? He was known for running the criminal world as Scarface, and he routinely made Miami his home. He passed away in Palm Island in 1947.

Leonid Fainberg, or Tarzan,  was involved in drug and human trafficking. He delivered girls from Moscow so they could work for him, and he gave all of us the impression that strip joints are run by Russian guys who like to drink Vodka and have a bit of fun on the side. When he finally got nailed in Miami, he was subsequently deported to Israel.

Miami isn’t all about drugs and prostitution. It’s also known for a number of cults. Yahweh Ben Yahweh ran one. Authorities believe he may be responsible for around twenty deaths during the same time period. No one ever nailed him for murder, though–instead, they got him for conspiracy. He died of prostate cancer in 2007, only eleven years into an eighteen year sentence.

Eddie Lee Mosley was a serial killer and rapist, known as the “Rape Man”. Even though there was enough evidence to connect him to a large number of murders, a judge ruled him incompetent to stand trial. One of the rapes that have kept him in prison for over two decades occurred in Miami-Dade County.

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.

Infamous Historical Figures

According to dictionary.com, 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.