I love a good mystery! Some of the most famous crimes of all time were tackled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, commonly known as the FBI. Mystery, romance and power hungry criminals are some of the leading characters in the true stories that make up a few of the most famous cases in FBI history – and have been turned into bestselling books!
Here are 3 of the most notorious criminal stories.
1. Kids & Crime: The image of a criminal usually doesn’t include a fresh-faced child or teenager, but some kids are among of the most infamous criminals chased by the FBI. The international criminal was known as the “Barefoot Bandit” was actually a 19 year-old named Colton Harris-Moore. The teenager was captured in 2010 after allegedly committing several crimes including trespassing and airplane theft. Harris-Moore’s adventures were immortalized in the 2012 book, “The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw,” by Bob Friel.
2. Cyber Crimes: The Internet connects thousands of people every day on various dating sites. However, finding a love connection online nearly turned into a crime of passion when a young woman was almost killed by a cyber-stalker. Armed with highly personal information retrieved online, Brian Curtis Hile was ready to exact revenge on the woman whose photos were hacked and used by a man in South Africa. Hile was apprehended just a mile away from the woman’s home after traveling from Michigan to California in order to carry out his devious plan.
3. Guns and Gangsters: One of the most famous gangsters in history, John Dillinger was an Indiana-born teenager who spent a short time in the U.S. Navy before pursuing a life of crime. After a serving nearly a decade in prison for robbery, Dillinger continued his crime career by joining forces with other infamous gangsters such as Lester Gillis and Eddie Green. His crime spree came to an end during a sting operation when he was shot and killed by FBI agents outside a movie theater in 1934. Although his life ended, his legacy continued through films and several books, including the 2005 book, “John Dillinger: The Life and Death of America’s First Celebrity Criminal,” by Dary Matera.
A life of crime often makes for a good novel. What is your favorite crime story?