In the 1970's, a group of ruthless Irish punks called the "Westies", managed to terrorize Hell's Kitchen in New York City. They had a penchant for violence and a desire to control the illegal activities on Manhattan's west side. Young Irish thug Jimmy Coonan teamed up with Mickey Featherstone, a Vietnam veteran with a reputation for being a ruthless killer. The "Westies" ruled the streets, protecting their various rackets, including drug dealing and extortion, through extreme violence. They were so powerful they were able to work as contract killers for the Gambino crime family.
Bowman, as international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, ordered kidnappings, firebombings, assaults and murders. He joined another exclusive club in 1997, the "FBI Ten Most Wanted" list. Bowman was brought to justice with the help of an informant on the inside of the Outlaw brotherhood.
A short biography of Pol Pot, the communist leader of Khmer Rouge, who tried to rebuild Cambodia as an Agrarian society. Many civilians were systematically killed, then buried in mass graves, known as The Killing Fields.
A short biography of Pol Pot, Communist leader of the Khmer Rouge. After the US evacuated its troops from Cambodia in 1975, Pol Pot's rebel group was strong enough to overtake Phnom Penh. He thought cities were evil and planned to rebuild Cambodia as an Agrarian society. Intellectuals, artists, monks, and other civilians were all systematically killed, then buried in mass graves, known as The Killing Fields. Ordinary Cambodians were sentenced to labor camps. He sent Khmer Rouge troops into Vietnam in 1977, which backfired when the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia. He died of a heart attack in 1998 while under house arrest, though many suspect he committed suicide or was poisoned.
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Ruthless, corrupt and crazy. Many of the world's dicators started out as charismatic young leaders, with a large measure of support from their countrymen—only to become bloated with power and abandon the principles they had pledged to uphold. These leaders held on to power by rigidly enforcing control, intimidating opposition and instilling fear among citizens. With access to unlimited power and riches, many developed secretive personal lives and bizarre habits. These dictators terrorized their people, and mesmerized the world, with their bizarre sayings, styles, and actions. Biography.com takes a look at some of the world's most erratic, and autocratic, leaders.
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In entertainment, where the line between fiction and reality is often blurry, names are a crucial part of a celebrity's image. Stage names are often chosen to make an actor or musician's name easier to pronounce or remember, or simply to make it sounds more attractive. Here are famous celebrities who have changed their names.
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