We are the people our parents warned us about is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world´s most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses. He ´cooked´ ecstasy and ice for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned. He saw stolen military weapons being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, helped dump corpses. He saw men executed in front of him. It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the Federal Police and told them all he knew about the Bandidos. This shocking, unflinching, tragic story is Steve Utah´s confession. He knows he is a dead man running - that inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. But not before Utah gets his chance to wake Australians to the looming threat in their midst - the relentless rise of sophisticated organised crime networks inside outlaw motorcycle gangs and the apparent inability of the Police and legal system to deal with it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Carman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001050/bk_boli_001050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the early 1960s, Ronnie and Reggie Kray are the new princes of the London underworld and business is good. Their clubs and protection rackets stretch from the East to the West End of the metropolis but they need to expand. Hemmed in on all sides by the other, ever-encroaching London gangs, they need to break new ground. They set their sight on Bham, easy pickings or so they think. The Fewtrells have already marked their territory. Now they stand alone against the vicious onslaught about to be brought down on their heads from two of the most feared names in British criminal history. This is the little known but true story of the bloody battle for Birmingham. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Keogh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076136/bk_acx0_076136_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They were in and out in less than two minutes - that´s how they got away with millions. And for the duration of their reign, no bank robbers were more feared (though they never fired their guns) nor more pursued or more mythologized than the Stopwatch Gang. The members themselves were straight out of central casting: Lionel Wright, a meticulous introvert who could disappear in a room full of people; Paddy Mitchell, a charming and well-connected crook who saw an angle in everything and would go to any lengths to avoid the hell of being locked away; and Stephen Reid, a fearless point man who could find the weakness in any system and whose story - of addiction and descent into crime, of redemption and literary fame - was all prelude to a tragic but life-saving fall from grace. In The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, Josh Dean reconstructs the gang´s glory days and reveals how the real story, pieced together through months of research and reporting - most prominently with Reid himself, as he comes to the end, at age 64, of his final days in the custody of the state - is more remarkable than the myth that has long been told. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Crystal Fawn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032455/bk_acx0_032455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mickey Cohen, who died in 1976, was a colorful, feared West Coast gangster-gambler who knew the biggest names in Hollywood including the Rat Pack, was a confidant of Bugsy Siegel, a friend of Las Vegas´ late Liz Renay and on first names with the biggest guys in the Mafia, plus Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon and Billy Graham. Brad Lewis´ book about Cohen draws from thousands of resources - a virtual treasure trove of Mafia-related books, articles and interviews. Written by a tough and knowledgeable insider, Lewis tells the whole Mickey Cohen story with this biography. All the whispered anecdotes, the news items and the underside of the crime rackets where Mickey operated are in this book, open to scrutiny. From Bugsy Siegel to Lucky Luciano and Albert Anastasia to Meyer Lansky and Carlos Marcello, Mickey knew them well and worked closely with them for many years. This is Mickey Cohen - inside and out! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Fabian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004092/bk_acx0_004092_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Today´s gangsters are streets apart from the old-style gang lords of the Fifties and Sixties. The godfathers of old were seen by many as a stabilising influence. Their power inspired respect and they well and truly kept the underworld in check. The twenty-first century gangs of Britain are far more shady. Their brutality has spread far and wide and they live and thrive in our midst, on the streets and in suburbs where ordinary folk live. The creeping tentacles of crime have never stretched further. Organised crime is now worth more than GBP 10 billion in Britain every year. The old crimes of prostitution and extortion are being dropped in favour of multi-million pound drug deals, bringing gangsters more money and power than they´ve ever known. It is a cut-throat industry that is conducted in the shadows and driven solely by profit. Acclaimed true crime author Wensley Clarkson has met many of Britain´s richest and most powerful gangs. In this fascinating and gripping account, he provides an extraordinary insight into these feared characters and takes us on a journey into the dark and glamorous underworld that seems to prove that, for many gangs, crime really does pay. This book reveals the activities of these gangs to the world, exposing such underworld legends as Kenneth Noye, who hold continuing fascination with lovers of true crime.
Veteran bootlegger. Prolific bank robber. Kidnapper extraordinaire. Ruthless criminal mastermind. With a nickname as hardcore as George ´´Machine Gun” Kelly´s, it should come as no surprise that such terms are frequently associated with him.Eighty-six years may have come and gone since his death, but this Depression-era mobster´s name and legacy are still as relevant as ever. Not only has this legendary nickname been adopted by a popular rapper, he remains the subject of various articles, books, songs, films, and other pop culture. Of course, given his fame and notoriety, it’s always fair to ask how much truth there is to the riveting, action-packed tales surrounding his short, memorable life of crime.Machine Gun Kelly: The Notorious Life and Crimes of the Depression Era Gangster profiles how he became one of America’s most famous outlaws and the daring crimes that made him so feared. You will learn about Machine Gun Kelly like never before. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142263/bk_acx0_142263_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tom Ketchum was born in 1863 on a farm near the fringe of the Texas frontier. At the age of nine, he found himself an orphan and was raised by his older brothers. In his mid-twenties he left home for the life of an itinerant trail driver and ranch hand. He returned to Texas, murdered a man, and fled. Soon afterwards, he and his brother Sam killed two men in New Mexico. A year later, he and two other former cowboys robbed a train in Texas. The career of the Ketchum Gang was under way. In their day, these men were the most daring of their kind, and the most feared. They were accused of crimes that were not theirs, but their proven record is long and lurid. Their downfall was brought about by what one editor called ´´the magic of the telephone and telegraph,´´ by quarrels between themselves, and by their reckless defiance of ever-mounting odds. Jeffrey Burton has been researching the story of the Ketchum Gang and related outlaws for more than forty years. He has mined unpublished sources, family records, personal reminiscences, trial transcripts and other court papers, official correspondence and reports, census returns, and contemporary newspapers to sort fact from fiction and provide the definitive truth about Ketchum and numerous other outlaws, including Will Carver, Ben Kilpatrick, and Butch Cassidy. The book is published by University of North Texas Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Utley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087917/bk_acx0_087917_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Behind a black marble coffee table with elegant cabriole legs sat a man once admired and reviled as one of the toughest gangsters to ever come out of Brooklyn. The man was slouched over to one side, his undeniably lifeless body cold on the couch. The normally pressed suit of the famously debonair desperado was wrinkled and soaked with his blood, his matching tie askew. Thanks to the graininess of the black-and-white shot, some of the blood is camouflaged by the gaudy floral print of the couch cradling his corpse. The fuzziness of the picture, however, does nothing to diminish the horror of the bullet-made craters on his irreparably disfigured face. In the last 70 years, a countless number of people have come across the grisly and morbidly fascinating crime scene photographs of Benjamin ´´Bugsy” Siegel´s murder. The photographs are as disconcerting as they are iconic, for they show a gritty glimpse into the haunting reality of a life too often glamorized by pop culture. The less-publicized photograph of Bugsy in the morgue is, in a way, a more chilling reminder of the barbarity and callous irony behind the term ´´organized crime”. With the blood on his face rinsed off and his hair slicked back, it almost seems as if the photographer had caught Bugsy mid-slumber, but the balls of cotton plugging the gaping bullet holes in his face suggest otherwise. One minute, the fearless Bugsy was stalking the streets of Sin City, his mere presence enough to make even the most hardened thugs break out in a cold sweat, and the next minute, Bugsy was reduced to an unrecognizable body sprawled out on a hard metal slab, with the name on his toe tag misspelled. Bugsy´s death has since been recreated by multiple movies, television shows, and documentaries for good reason, because it was an electrifying, messy conclusion to a life that was as theatrical as it was turbulent. Bugsy Siegel: The Life and Legacy of the Notorious Gangster Who Helped Develop Murd 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117635/bk_acx0_117635_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dead Man Running:An insider´s story on one of the world´s most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs . . . The Bandidos Ross Coulthart, Duncan McNab