In light of what little we know about the identity of Jack the Ripper, it can be safe to assume that he or she, for the most part, worked solo. However, throughout recent history, we see examples of criminals that worked together. They were essentially partners in crime that went on to be well-known for the menace they caused and the criminal activities they carried out. In today’s post, we will look at some partners in crime that become famous for all the wrong reasons, and are now depicted in movies, theatre and books.
Next time you are in London, be sure to take the Krays Tour. It is one of the most popular guided tours in England. One of the reasons it is so popular is because it is based on the true events of Ronnie and Reggie Kray, twin brothers who become notorious gangsters in East End of London. These were real-life gangsters involved in different criminal pursuits including smuggling, armed robbery, arson, and murder.
The Kray brothers walked the walk and talked the talk. They were gangsters who grew up on the streets of Whitechapel, which had a huge effect on their upbringing. Despite the criminal activities they were involved in, the local town people loved them because they were also known for their generosity and charity, especially when it came to the community they lived in.
Bonnie and Clyde
Many will say that there has never been a better criminal team than Bonnie Parker and Clyde Chestnut. They terrorised the south and central states of the USA during the Great Depression. Bonnie and Clyde were American outlaws from the Dallas area. They were notorious for their bank robberies and many believe they were involved in more than 12.
The gang killed at least nine law enforcement officers and many civilians. Like most criminal pursuits though, Bonnie and Clyde met a fateful end in 1934 when they were ambushed by law enforcement officers and killed subsequently. Today, they are remembered in American pop folklore, the most famous of them being Arthur Penn’s 1967 film titled Bonnie and Clyde.
We had to include a movie in here. Hollywood is full of crime movies where the bad guy escapes or is ultimately apprehended. Some of them look authentic while most of them are just typical Hollywood. However, one movie with strong themes that resonate with reality is a flick by Quentin Tarantino called Reservoir Dogs. The film follows the story of six men, all strangers, who were working together to pull off the ultimate heist, eventually losing faith and trust in each other. Who can forget the bad call made by Mr. White, the plight of Mr. Orange, the brutality of Mr. Blondie and the cunning nature of Mr. Pink?
These are just a few examples of partners in crime, both fictional and historic. There is a plethora of information available on all of the people mentioned above. For example, there are Kray Tours in London and online sources highlighting Bonnie and Clyde’s criminal activities. Also, anyone can rent out the movie Reservoir Dogs. So, be sure to check these out and let us know what you think.