FBI Files: Gangsters & Criminals
The following list of documents pertain to famous gangsters and the men who caught them.
Declassified Files on Gangsters & Criminals
|Anastasia, Albert – [185 Pages, 11.93MB] – Albert Anastasia (pronounced ah-nah-STAH-zee-ah) (born Umberto Anastasio, September 26, 1902 – October 25, 1957) was one of the most ruthless and feared Cosa Nostra mobsters in U. S. history. A founder of the American Mafia, Anastasia ran Murder, Inc. during the prewar era and was boss of the modern Gambino crime family during most of the 1950s.|
|Barnes, George “Machine Gun Kelly” – [ 8,782 Pages Total, Multiple PDF files ] – George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes (1895 –1954) was a notorious criminal during the gangster era. This release covers the investigation of the Charles Urschel kidnapping and the resulting court case. This release covers the years 1933-1959.|
Bonnie & Clyde – [ File #1 42.39MB | File #2 6.58MB | File #3 35.85MB | File #4 212.61MB | File #5 0.3MB | File #6 11.68MB | File #7 20.85MB ] – [ 948 Total Pages ] Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Champion Barrow (1909-1934) were violent criminals who were active in the Mid- and Southwest between 1932 and 1934. The FBI began to investigate “Bonnie and Clyde” and their fellow gang members after Barrow stole an automobile in December 1932. The couple died in an ambush by local and state police officers from Louisiana and Texas on May 23, 1934. This release consists of the FBI Dallas Field Office’s file, which ranges from 1933 to 1934.
| Capone, Al – – [2,447 Pages, 167MB]
Individual Files (The same as large file, just not searchable, but broken down): [ File #1 18.46MB | File #2 23.06MB | File #3 23.36MB | File #4 25.96MB | File #5 19.69MB | File #6 6.60MB | File #7 11.01MB | File #8 10.11MB | File #9 14.51MB | File #10 11.93MB | File #11 12.39MB ] – [ 2,447 Total Pages ]
Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone (1899-1947) rose to infamy as a gangster in Chicago during the 1920s and early 1930s. The Bureau of Investigation (the FBI’s predecessor) joined the Bureau of Prohibition and other agencies in investigating Capone. In 1931, Capone was sentenced to prison for tax evasion. Suffering from a case of syphilis that left him too mentally ill to resume his previous criminal activities, he was paroled in 1939 and settled in Florida, where he lived until his death in 1947. Note: Despite the above release, there appears to have been additional records that were destroyed, along with additional files that have been lost. This is according to a March 26, 2019, letter from the FBI.
|Dillinger, John – [ 107 Pages, 8.98MB ] – Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone (1899-1947) rose to infamy as a gangster in Chicago during the 1920s and early 1930s. The Bureau of Investigation (the FBI’s predecessor) joined the Bureau of Prohibition and other agencies in investigating Capone. In 1931, Capone was sentenced to prison for tax evasion. Suffering from a case of syphilis that left him too mentally ill to resume his previous criminal activities, he was paroled in 1939 and settled in Florida, where he lived until his death in 1947.|
|Dillinger Gang aka The Terror Gang – [ 107 Pages, 8.98MB ] – The Terror Gang consisted of John Herbert Dillinger, Jr., who was the leader, Baby-Face George Nelson, Russell “Boobie” Clark, Harry Pierpont, Pretty Boy Floyd, Homer Van Meter, Oklahoma Jack Clark, John “Red” Hamilton, Machine Gun Kelly, Charles Makley, Walter Dietrich, Harry Copeland, and Edward W. Shouse. They all met in jail. Nelson and Van Meter met John Dillinger after the First Dillinger Gang was made in Michigan City Prison; all remained there until Dillinger had gotten out on parole and broken his friends out. They were captured by police soon afterward. The other two[who?] met Dillinger inside Crown Point Jail, from which they all escaped in 1933.|
|Lansky, Meyer – [ 3,523 Pages Total, Multiple PDF files ] – Meyer Lansky (1902-1983) was involved in a wide-range of organized criminal activity and was associated with many other well known criminal figures from the 1920s to the 1970s. Lansky was especially active in gambling ventures, including the rise of Las Vegas and efforts to build casinos in Cuba before the communist revolution there. In 1972, he was indicted on charges that he and others had skimmed millions of dollars from a Vegas casino that they owned; the indictment on Lansky was later dismissed since he was considered too ill to face trial. The files in this release range from 1950 to 1978.|
|Moriarty, Joseph Vincent – [ 862 Pages, 39.06MB ] – Joseph Vincent Moriarty (1911 – February 26, 1979), also known as Newsboy Moriarty, was an Irish American mobster in Hudson County, New Jersey who controlled the numbers game.|
Stroud, Robert (Birdman of Alcatraz) – [ 111 Pages, 70.1MB ] – Robert Franklin Stroud (January 28, 1890 – November 21, 1963), known as the “Birdman of Alcatraz”, was a federal American prisoner who has been cited as one of the United States’ most notorious criminals. During his time at Leavenworth Penitentiary he reared and sold birds and became a respected ornithologist, but despite his nickname, he was not permitted to keep his birds at Alcatraz, where he was incarcerated from 1942.
|Wilson, Frank – [24 Pages, 11.5MB ] – Frank J. Wilson (May 19, 1886 – June 22, 1970) was the Chief of the United States Secret Service and a former agent of the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Internal Revenue, later known as the Internal Revenue Service, most notably in the 1931 prosecution of Chicago mobster Al Capone and federal representative in the Lindbergh kidnapping case.|
|Uniformity of Write-ups of White Slave Cases (80-HQ-8) – [ File #1 ] – [23 Pages, 12.21MB ] – Due to the lack of uniformity in regard to writeups of White Slave cases, both in Weekly-Report and Interesting Case Forms, it is suggested that the following rules be adopted relative to writing up this ·particular class of cases…|