These Evil Masterminds Went Down In History For Their Unbelievable Crimes

People break the law all the time, but rarely do they do it in such a way that the public is haunted by the story for decades to come. Criminals like Ted Kaczynski and Charles Manson are still infamous for their evil doings. Some lawbreakers, like Jonathan Wild and Ching Shih, have been remembered for centuries. Others are famous for not being caught, like D.B. Cooper and the masterminds behind some of the largest heists in history. From trying to “sell” the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal, to successfully faking a career as a pilot, these crime stories are almost too shocking to believe.

Police Spent Three Decades Hunting Down Ted Kaczynski

Authorities Escorting Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski
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Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, was such an evil mastermind that he managed to elude the FBI for 27 years! All the while, he was arranging bombings that injured 23 people in total and took the lives of three more.

His criminal activity created millions of dollars worth of property damage, yet officials couldn’t hunt him down until 1995. Ted was a Harvard grad who studied math and went on to build an off-the-grid cabin in Montana. When his isolation became threatened, he retaliated with the series of bombings, for which he is serving eight life sentences.