Craziest Bank Robberies That Haven’t Been In Movies (Yet).

Bank robberies and heists have been a fascination for film-goers ever since the invention of the art, but when you read about bank robberies in the newspaper, they are rarely as well planned out or exciting as they are in the movies (and let’s be honest, none of them are as slick as George Clooney in Ocean’s 11). Well here are some real live heists that happened that we think are kooky enough to get a movie made out of them.

1.) This old man who is suspected for 16 robberies across California may not be what he seems. Authorities believe that ‘The Geezer Bandit’ is actually a younger man in disguise, as evidence by how fast he flees the scene on foot. The FBI has put a $20,000 on the shapeshifting trickster’s head.

2.) In 2008 some Swedes robbed a mail processing center with rifles. Pretty standard heist—up until the getaway. The Swedes planted several suitcases cartoonishly labeled “bomb” along the route, lit a few cars on fire and even dropped spikes behind them as they drove like they’re in a Mario Kart-type video game. In the end, it was revealed the criminals hadn’t really stolen anything of value from the processing center. What was all that about, then?

3.) France supermarkets to this day are being cleaned out by the “Vacuum Gang”. In France the money from supermarkets gets funneled into through these giant suction. Using a modified vacuum cleaner the gang simply taps into those tubes and sucks up the money. As of 2011 the world’s most infamous vacuum wielders are rumored to have racked in over $800,000 and are still at large.

4.) There is a Serbian gang of jewel thieves named the Pink Panthers, who inherited their name from the first heist they pulled, in which they stole a priceless jewel and hid it in a jar of face cream, the exact plot of the movie “Return of the Pink Panther”. In another heist they got prosethetic masks that made them look like women and managed to steal $100 million worth of jewelry from a store in Paris. In one of there most famous heists they painted a bench outside the target to say “wet paint” to keep people from sitting on it and become witnesses. Their alleged leader, Dragan Mikic was imprisoned, but he recently escaped using a rope ladder and hasn’t been seen since.

5.) Paulo Sergio de Souz and his gang pulled a particularly beautiful heist in Brazil. He and his people slowly dug a tunnel directly underneath the Brazil Central Bank, using Sergio’s flower shop front to hide the soil. As careful as they were, the bank didn’t even have cameras that could get their faces on record. Although some of Sergio’s gang has been caught, Sergio remains in obscurity.

6.) Albert Spaggiari performed the famous Societe Generale bank heist in 1976 France. He dug a tunnel underneath the bank, keeping his conspirators at a strict regiment of 10 hours of sleep a day with no alcohol or coffee. He stole 60 million francs and wrote “without weapons, nor hatred, nor violence” on the vault walls. He was never caught and eventually died at 52 of throat cancer.

7.) So twelve dudes answered a Craigslist ad calling for road contractors with a really specific directions for attire: goggles and a blue work shirt. When they arrived, a thirteenth man showed up dressed up in the same outfit and stole a bag of cash from the guard of a parked armored truck. As he ran through the men dressed exactly like him, the real getaway began as he jumped into a nearby creek where an inner tube was awaiting him. He eventually got caught down stream, but it’s still probably the raddest attempt at robbery I’ve ever heard of.

The tricky thing about being a notorious bank robber is that you can’t really cash in on your reputation until you get caught so I doubt there will be a movie of the Geezer Bandit anytime soon, but boy we would we watch the crap out of that.

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The Real-Life Inspiration Behind James Bond Led A Fascinating Life Full Of Crime

Have you heard of the real-life inspiration behind the character James Bond?

Bond creator Ian Flemming gave the spy new life in 1953 after reading about a man named Sidney Reilly’s exploits. Reilly was a British spy in the early 1900s who was loyal to no one but himself. Sound familiar? Throughout his career, the “Ace of Spies” committed very real crimes, some of which are echoed the James Bond books and movies we all know and love.

1. Murdering a man on a train.

In 1895, train operators in Paris found a man dying inside a train car. He had been stabbed many times but regained consciousness long enough to say he had been robbed by two men. It later came out that he was a member of an illegal anarchist group. Reilly and an accomplice stole money from the anarchist and Reilly fled to the United Kingdom.

Read More: George Washington’s Spies Were So Secretive, Not Even He Knew Their Identities

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The Mafia Is All Around Us…Do You Know Who Your Local Mobsters Are?

From The Godfather to the The Sopranos, it’s pretty clear that mafia members are just as important to American pop culture as Expansion-era cowboys.

Hollywood seems pretty keen on focusing on the Five Families of New York City and the Chicago Outfit, but there are plenty more mafia groups around the U.S. that are just as dangerous.

The Licavoli Crime Family of Cleveland

When the Lonardo and Porrello brothers moved to Ohio from Licata, Sicily, in the early 1900s, they began as legitimate businessmen, but soon started dabbling in illegal activities. Their main focus was supplying bootleggers with the corn sugar they needed to produce alcohol during Prohibition.

After a feud with Irish gangster Danny Greene in the late 1970s, the gang’s power slowly declined. As of now, the FBI considers this group to be inactive.

The Pirano Crime Family of Dallas

Carlo Pirano grew up in the same Sicilian town as Giuseppe Morello of the Morello Crime Family, and he started his own crew when he moved to Dallas in 1921. He ran several gambling rackets in the city. A rising gangster named Joseph Civello took over when Pirano died. Interestingly, Civello was a longtime friend of Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas.

The Smaldone Crime Family of Denver

Colorado was full of several highly successful liquor bootleggers in the 1920s and 1930s, like the Carlino brothers and the first Denver mob boss, Joseph Roma. From 1975 to 2006, the family was overseen by the elderly Smaldone brothers. Clarence “Chauncey” Smaldone died in 2006, and it is believed that the grandson of Eugene “Checkers” Smaldone is the only surviving member of the group.

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The Detroit Partnership

The Detroit mafia scene was plagued by war between several different gangs until the 1930s, when the local families came together to form what is now called the Detroit Partnership. The group has remained fairly strong, and it is considered one of the most active mobs in the country, dealing in gambling, extortion, and narcotics. The current boss for the Partnership is Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone .

The Civella Crime Family of Kansas

After Prohibition had come and gone, the Kansas City mob scene maintained its power by extorting local bars. Boss Nicholas Civella was key in their expansion in the 1970s, allowing them to forge alliances with other mobs and helping them fund casinos in Las Vegas. The current boss is believed to be John Sciortino, Civella’s great nephew.

The Philadelphia Mob

The Philadelphia Mob is known for its violence and ceaseless internal warfare. There was a time of peace between 1969 and1980 under the reign of Angelo “Gentle Don” Bruno. But after his death came the chaotic Scarfo years, during which Nicodemo Scarfo got the family involved in narcotics. Scarfo ordered the deaths of 30 of his own men, drawing so much attention that the FBI had to step in. Between 1993 and 1994, another war broke out between the Stanfa and Merlino crews, but when John Stanfa was arrested, Joey Merlino became Philly’s mob boss.

The New Orleans Crime Family

The New Orleans family is arguably the oldest mafia group in the country, with activity going as far back as the 19th century. In the 1870s, they began extorting local businesses. Carlos “The Little Man” Marcello, their most powerful boss, gained the position after befriending Frank Costello of the New York Mob and unifying the underground gambling markets in Louisiana.

He has been accused many times of being a conspirator in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but he was eventually arrested for a different crime. Since then, the New Orleans mob has been much less active.

While these guys may seem big and bad, most of the smaller mobs of American are part of a joint union of mafia heads from the New York Five Families and the Chicago Outfit. Formed in 1931, this committee was designed to oversee goings on in different groups across the nation, but it hasn’t held a meeting since the death of New York mobster Paul Castellano in 1985.

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These 20 Celebrities Are Loved By Most People. They Also Committed Some Crimes.

Celebrities are all about their image. They pay a lot of money to a lot of people so that we only see the very best side of them.

But when they go around breaking the law, that image gets a little more difficult to keep clean. Sometimes, the crimes happened before they found fame, but that doesn’t make it any easier on their PR person. Some of these stars succeeded at making us forget anything ever happened, while others… Well, they might have gotten off easy with their legal punishment, but their careers may never fully recover. Take a look.

1.) Bill Gates: Driving without a license and speeding.

The Microsoft billionaire was arrested twice in the 1970s for driving without a license. First in 1975 while speeding and again in 1977 when he failed to stop at a stop sign.

2.) James Brown: Theft, assault, possessing firearms and domestic violence.

At age 16, the “Godfather of Soul” was sentenced to 3 years in prison after getting arrested for theft. Later he was taken in 1988 when a high speed chase ended with the discovery of illegal weapons and drugs in his car, then assaulted the arresting officer. He spent 3 years in prison again. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, his third wife Adrienne Rodriguez had him charged with domestic violence four separate times.

3.) Vanilla Ice: Possession of a firearm, assault and battery.

The rapper has been arrested several times, first in 1991 after threatening a homeless man with a firearm, then again in 2001 for assaulting his wife where he was sentenced to probation and family counseling. He was brought in a third time in 2008 for battery, again in an altercation with his wife.

4.) Mark Wahlberg: Attempted murder and assault.

When the actor was 16, he attacked two Vietnamese men with a wooden stick and was initially charged with attempted murder before pleading guilty to assault. He served 45 days of his two year sentence.

5.) Hugh Grant: Soliciting a prostitute.

In 1995, the actor caused a stir after being arrested for lewd conduct in a public place with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown. At the time, he was in a highly publicized longterm relationship with Elizabeth Hurley. He appeared on The Tonight Show the week following his arrest where he candidly (and affably) spoke about the incident.

6.) Will Smith: Aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

Smith was arrested in 1989 for being part of an assault that left one of the men practically blind. The actor was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy, but the charges were later dismissed.

7.) Tim Allen: Cocaine possession and drunk driving.

Long before he was grunting away on Home Improvement, the “Tool Man” was arrested in 1978 at age 25 for possessing over 650 grams of cocaine. He served two and a half years for that sentence, then ran into the law again in 1997 for driving under the influence. For that he served a year’s probation and attended rehab.

8.) Christian Slater: Drunk driving, assault, possession of a firearm, sexual assault.

The boyish charm started fading away in 1989 when Slater was arrested for driving under the influence. He was then arrested twice in 1997, first for assaulting his girlfriend while drunk and then again for attempting to board a flight while carrying a loaded gun. In 2005, he was arrested and charged with third-degree sexual assault after grabbing a woman’s behind on the street.

9.) Winona Ryder: Grand theft.

The actress decided to end a shopping spree one day without actually paying for any of the merchandise. She was sentenced to 3 years probation, but her career is still trying to resurface after the event.

10.) Wesley Snipes: Failure to pay taxes.

Snipes spent three years in prison after being found guilty of three misdemeanor accounts of failure to pay taxes. He was released in April 2013.

11.) Martha Stewart: Insider trading.

She only served five months of her sentence in prison before being allowed to finish the 2-year sentence at her home.

12.) Li’l Kim: Conspiracy and perjury.

At the peak of her career in 2005, it was discovered that the rapper lied in front of a grand jury regarding her friend’s involvement in a murder outside of a New York recording studio. She spent 366 days in jail and was greeted by fans upon her release in July 2006.

13.) Paris Hilton: Driving under the influence.

The hotel heiress has had several run ins with the law, but in 2006 she was arrested and served three weeks in prison for driving intoxicated.

14.) Khloe Kardashian: Driving under the influence.

Before her reality show, Khloe was arrested in 2007 for driving drunk and sentenced to three years probation. She then broke that probation and was sentenced to 30 days in prison, but only served 3 hours due to overcrowding.

15.) Kiefer Sutherland: Driving under the influence.

The actor has been brought in not once, not twice, but four times for driving intoxicated. First in1989, then 1993, 2004 and finally in 2007 when he was sentenced and served 48 days in prison.

16.) Jay Z: Assault.

In 1999, Jay was sentenced to three years probation after a fight broke out in a night club that ended with him stabbing a record executive in the stomach.

17.) Matthew McConaughey: Drug possession.

The actor was discovered in his home, naked, dancing and playing bongo drums after a neighbor called in a noise complaint. They searched his home and found marijuana and paraphernalia, but those charges were eventually dropped and he simply paid the $50 noise fine.

18.) Woody Harrelson: Disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Before everyone knew his name, the actor was arrested in 1982 for disorderly conduct when he was found dancing in the middle of a street. He then resisted arrest but was able to avoid jail time by paying a fine.

(H/T: So Bad So Good, Buzzfeed.)

I had forgotten about so many of these. This is going to make me feel different about going to the movies for awhile.

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