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.
Lloyd Barker 1898-1949 After serving a sentence in Leavenworth Lloyd led a crime free life; only to be shot and killed by his wife on Mar 18, 1949. His wife spent the rest of her life in an insane asylum.
Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti Organized Crime Figure. The number 2 man for famed gangster Al Capone, he was born about 1883 in Italy. He started as a barber, but became involved in the Chicago gang started by Capone when he was asked to fence some stolen jewelry.
Eliot Ness, born in Chicago on April 19, 1903, was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago. He was the leader of a legendary team of law enforcement agents nicknamed The Untouchables. Ness brought down the notorious gangster Al Capone by targeting the illegal breweries and supply routes used by him.
10 Things to Know About Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl--I wouldn't open this page up and read it to students, but it would be good to look over prior to the unit each year so I could share a couple points with them.
The man who saved the world... 50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war. His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it.