Top 10 thieves of old and our times.

There are numerous famous thieves in
history and they own their fame to the
imagination of folk people who transformed
them into legends, mostly after death. Few of
the famous thieves that also became heroic
outlaws, were really as important, as
spiritual, or as handsome as the media and
stories has made them. In fact, some are not
even real! Here is the list of 10 of the most
famous thieves in history:
1. Dismas and
Gestas
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I bet you have no idea who they are. Yet,
they are two most famous thieves in the
history of the human kind: They are the two
thieves who were crucified with Jesus, one
on the right, the other on the left. One of the
two outlaws (Dismas) asked for forgiveness
and it was granted to him, while the other
was a disbeliever and he rejected Jesus, thus
ending in hell.
2. Prometheus
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According to mythology, Prometheus, the
Titan, stole the fire from the gods and
brought it to humans, thus being the one
who made it possible for us to eat French
fries and steak instead of raw food, for which
we should thank him every single day. For
this evil deed, he received a harsh
punishment, being sentenced by Zeus to be
bound to a large stone, while an eagle ate his
liver piece by piece every day.
3. Robin Hood
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One of the most famous thieves in the world,
if not the most famous of all is Robin Hood.
Part of the English folklore, his existence
was never proved and it is most probably,
plain fictional (so disappointing!). The story
of Robin Hood and the Merry Men is very
old, dating from the 13 century, but it still
captures the attention of readers and movies
about Robin hood still bring lots of money
to producers!
4. Blackbeard
(1680-1718)
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Now here is a thief who was as famous as
Robin but he was also real. Edward Teach,
on his real name, was a fierce pirate, known
for his scary appearance and for his beard
(thus the name). He lived as a proscribe and
died fighting against soldiers sent by the
governor of Virginia to kill him, when he
was in his 30s. Blackbeard was also granted
pardon once, but he returned on the sea and
to wrongdoing soon after.
5. Jesse James
(1847-1882)
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This American robber did it all: trains, banks,
stagecoaches, nothing was safe when Jesse
James was around! Former guerilla fighter
during the civil war, he and his brother,
Frank, together with the Young borthers
formed a band which was feared in the entire
South. However, he remained in history as a
heroic bandit and his legacy (though
distorted) continues to this day.
6. “Babyface”
Nelson (1908-1934)
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Babyface Nelson did not wait to become an
adult in order to start stealing cars: By the
age of 14, he was already an expert in the
field. His nickname was justified by his
youthful look and by his small height.
Apparently, he is also known as the
American citizen who killed the most FBI
agents ever.
7. Bonnie (1910
-1934) and Clyde
(1909-1934)
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The young criminal couple is known for
having committed bank robberies, murders
and all sorts of crimes in their short career.
They were famous in life and became a
legend after death, both for their crimes and
for their sensuality, as their released
photographs show the image of a couple who
was obviously in love with each other,
posing playfully with their guns . These
images,which were found by the police after
they were forced to run with nothing but the
cloths they were wearing, were pretty
shocking, and contributed to the notoriety of
the unusual couple.
8. Ma Barker
(1873-1935)
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One of the most unusual, yet famous thieves
of all time is Ma Barker. Not only was Ma a
fierce criminal herself, but she was the
mother of a whole bunch of bandits who
formed the Barker gang. At least that is what
FBI wants us to believe. Some other sources
believe that she was only an old lady who
knew about her sons’ criminal robberies but
never interfered. Apparently, she did not
have the will or the intelligence to do so.
Alvin Karpis, the partner of her sons said that
“It wouldn’t have occurred to her to get
involved in our business, and we always
made a point of only discussing our scores
when Ma wasn’t around. We’d leave her at
home when we were arranging a job, or we’d
send her to a movie. Ma saw a lot of movies”.
Apparently, the myth of her being the
mastermind behind the gang’s crimes was
encouraged by the FBI, after having killed
her with no reason.
9. Dick Turpin
(1705-1739)
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When you ask an Englishman to name the
most famous English bandit, they all say
“Dick Turpin”. He was merely a horse thief
first, and then became a murderer as well. His
alleged brilliant criminal career was only the
fabrication of an author, William Harrison
Ainsworth, who created the Dick Turpin’s
myth from scratch. In reality, he was nothing
more than a common thief and not the
dashing gentleman thief, riding on a super-
horse called Black Bess and , most
significant of all, there was no ride from
Essex to York in the course of one night, on
this horse.
10. François Villon
(1431-1463)
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François Villon is a French thief,famous for
him being also a poet. Apparently, he was
well seen at the court, and the duke of
Orleans, an admirer of his poems, stood up
for him every time he committed a new
burglary. One of the most famous thieves in
the history of France, François Villon was
pardoned many times, but he could not lead
a normal life and commited a new burglary
or crime as soon as he was set free. For the
last of his crimes, Villon was sentenced to be
hanged but once again, he succeeded to
cheat death, was released and only sent into
a 10 years exile. Nothing is known of him
since then.
photo credits: smashspot

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