So many of the most successful and famous stories are about praising notorious real-life criminals. Ed Gein has conveyed morbid fascination in various thin camouflaged forms, such as Norman Bates of Psycho . Ted Bundy has both Biopics and a Netflix series. How many dozen actors were hired to make Al Capone appear as evil as possible?
It is a shame that the pedestals on which so many criminals are placed tend to cast shadows on the law enforcement officials who have brought them to justice. This is not just about the beat cops and investigators. We also devote entries to prosecutors. After all, they are part of a separate but equally important group that represents people to paraphrase the classic television program Law & Order .
0th Frank Hamer
In 1906, Frank Hamer joined the Texas Rangers. He served two years, resigned to work with the regular police, and then returned to the Rangers in 1915, where he remained until his retirement in 1932. In 1934 he was dismissed from retirement because of his biggest job: Persecution of bank robbers  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow . He and his six-man troupe tracked them down in about three months after experiencing the breakthrough that they must have been hiding in one of the few places no lawyer team has ever looked at: Louisiana. Hamer had a friend of the robber duo, who pretended to have problems with his car on the way to their hiding place near Gibsland. A nervous team member who opened the fire before Bonnie and Clyde surrendered meant none of the bank robbers came out of the situation alive.
So highly regarded was the defeat of Bonnie and Clyde, it was Hammer's work in the Rangers, which was among the most dramatic of his career. He was a well-known opponent of the KKK when the terrorist group was the most powerful, and his lengthy feud with them would confront him with rallies and lynch mobs. In at least one case in 1930, he literally faced hundreds of people in a crowd and was almost burned to rescue a black prisoner when the crowd set fire to the prison where the prisoner was housed. He was credited with saving more than a dozen people from lynching.
. 9 Mabel Walker Willebrandt
For decades, Finance Minister Elliot Ness and his untouchables received the lion's share of the service to the Chicago crime lord Al Capone. Recent historical analyzes have spread the praise. Undoubtedly, one of the most important persons was a partially deaf former school teacher from Kansas.
After completing her law studies in nighttime in 1916, Mabel Willebrandt was a lawyer for prostitutes in some 2000 cases for years. In 1921, President Warren Harding appointed her Deputy Attorney General for the Volstead Act, which took most of her time, making her practically a household name in her time as "The First." Lady of the Law.
Her most significant case was against a Manly Sullivan, a fake South Carolina lawyer. Since the federal tax law was in Willebrandt's jurisdiction, she used the unprecedented tactics to convict Sullivan of tax evasion in his alcohol sales. Sullivan argued that he could not disclose his illegal income on his tax forms as this would violate his fifth amendment rights and so the case was transferred to the Supreme Court in the US against Sullivan in 1927  One of 40 cases in which she dealt with the highest court in the country. Their victory in court would enable the successful case against Capone four years later.
. 8 Frank Worden and Art Schley
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be one of the law enforcement officers entering a world-famous crime scene for the first time, there are few more memorable stories than that of this deputy sheriff in Plainfield, Wisconsin , On November 18, 1957, the 35-year-old veterinarian of World War II, Frank Worden, visited the home improvement center of his mother Bernice after a day of stag hunting . It was missing, there were signs of violence behind the register and there was a receipt for an antifreeze. Worden happened to be in the store the day before when a regular customer was there, saying he needed antifreeze, but left without buying anything. When two officers located the customer outside a local shop and asked if he would answer a few questions, the customer claimed he was being framed. When they asked what he was feeling accused of, the suspect admitted that he knew that Bernice Worden was missing and the client was arrested. That evening, Worden and Art Schley arrived at the house of the suspect.
The suspect was Ed Gein. When Worden and Schley could not enter Gein's house immediately because it was locked, they inspected his shed and Schley literally came upon the missing Bernice Worden's body, which he originally thought was a slaughtered deer . The officers needed the support of 10 more men before they believed they would soon be able to enter the world-famous Gein-Heim. Within a few days, the community was flooded by the press.
Schley was a man who was in a very difficult situation for a small town official, and he did not get along with it. During the interrogation of Ed Gein, Schley eventually lost patience and hit the criminal's head against the wall, which meant that the evidence for Gein's confession was being dropped during his trial. Schley died of heart failure in 1968 and many were convinced that the deep trauma of his crimes had made him one of Geins last victim. Worden, however, was 78 years old and died 2001 .
. 7 Ray Biondi
In January 1978, Lieutenant Ray Biondi of the Sacramento Police Department investigated a crime scene with a puzzling piece of evidence: a crumpled yogurt container of blood next to the body of murder victim Teresa Wallin. He also found small blood droplets at the scene. Fortunately, Biondi had recently attended a seminar at the FBI and began to apply the relatively new technique of creating a psychological profile . The profile would be used to effectively track down the killer, but unfortunately only after the perpetrator had sent most of his family four days after the murder of Teresa Wallin. When the Sacramento police arrived at the suspect's home, he did not open the door. Biondi and his team were vocal as if they wanted to leave, hiding in some nearby bushes, waiting for the suspect to come out with the remains of his victims and his weapon. This suspect was Richard Chase, and he would become known as "The Vampire Killer," whose crime inspired films like Rampage .
While Richard Chase's case was a more extreme example than most others, he was only one of many for Ray Biondi. At the end of his 17 years with the Sacramento police, he had worked approximately 500 cases . Even after his retirement in 1993, he continued to make psychological profiles for the Federal Criminal Police Office.
. 6 Robert Mueller
While his work as head of the Russia investigation overshadowed the rest of his career lately, Robert Mueller still has one of the Bronze Star recipients (who was shot in the leg during the Vietnam War) most important convictions of the last decades on his CV. In 1991, John Gotti was one of the nation's best-known gangsters. It was estimated that he has net assets of $ 196 million making him one of the 10 richest criminals in America at the time. He had been in court four times and had been released three times. Once he received a short sentence in which he could continue to meet with mob leaders. It looked like Gotti could keep his nickname "Teflon Don" in 1991.
One of the keys to Müller's successful belief was the testimony of a Sammy Gravano. The use of his certificate was extremely risky for both parties. Gravano had to confess to having committed 19 murders for his testimony to convince while campaigning for the FBI, the more likely he was to be killed in prison. Mueller's methods of persuading Gravano to keep him alive were to accompany him to the interview with a large number of guards. Another trick was a lift that separated Gravano from other inmates and his mob lawyer to make sure that Gravano could give the FBI his testimony in secret. Thus, proof was provided that Gotti had died for the rest of his life, which earned Muller a reputation that would lead him to the head of the FBI.
. 5 David Lee
Both a Pensacola, Florida Patrol Officer and a captain of the Florida Army National Guard, patrolled at 1:00 am on February 15, 1978, when he noticed that the driver of a 1968 1968 Volkswagen Beetle appeared to be look in the houses of the people. He called it and after a review by Wants and Warrants it turned out that the vehicle had been stolen three days earlier. Lee successfully brought the tensioner to a stop. This brought him into contact with the legendary mass murderer Ted Bundy.
David Lee did not have an easy time with Ted Bundy. When he told Bundy that he had been arrested, Bundy managed to kick Lee's legs and run away. Lee fired two shots, the first a warning, and then started for Bundy. He had to attack the mass murderer and even then he had to fight with Bundy so as not to lose his weapon. After overpowering Bundy, Lee searched the vehicle and found the IDs of three women inside. Bundy needed two days in prison to name his real name.
One would think that David Lee, who brings in one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, would be a golden boy, at least locally. Indeed, within a year Lee would sue the Pensacola police for settling disputes between his time in the National Guard and the Department, a lawsuit that lasted until 1981. When he was present at the execution of Bundy, he was captain of the Florida Game and Freshwater Commission .
. 4 Ken Landwehr
It is well known that Dennis Rader, the notorious BTK killer in Wichita, Kansas, was basically tempted to give himself away by being told he could not be traced back if he had his Send messages to the Press in the form of floppy disks. Less well known was the fact that Rader was forced to counter the press, as Lieutenant Kent Landwehr issued a series of press releases in 2004 that purposely came to false conclusions about the case. Rader's unusually long reign over death as a BTK killer, marked by sending messages to law enforcement agencies and the media, lasted from 1974 to 1991 before hiring both his killings and his communications. The "mistakes" of the Landwehr, however, were too big an attack on Rader's ego, and in January 2005 he left the discs that would bring him down to be found. He would be identified after minutes of investigation and sentenced in months.
Rader's arrest was the crowning moment of a 20-year career as head of the murder investigation. He was both extremely detail-oriented in investigating crime scenes and supposedly able to grasp the chronology of a crime practically at a glance. He claimed that one of the events that made him such a stinging investigator was the hostage arrest during a 1977 robbery in the clothing store where he worked. The experience of being held in the face with a gun made him deeply empathetic with other victims in such situations and annoyed him about the potential incompetence of the prosecution, so he went to the police. He worked on more than 600 homicides before retiring in 2012.
. 3 Joseph Kozenczak
If you Lieutenant Joseph Kozenczak from Des Plaines, Ill., Would be, probably, the most lifelong mental images of the biggest case in your career, a crawl space. For the rest of the country, the strongest impression of this case was a man in clown make-up. That's because the veteran of the Korean War, Kozenczak, was one of the officers in 1978 who captured John Wayne Gacy. As we have already explained on Top Tenz Gacy was the mass murderer who popularized the idea of clowns as a serial killer because he had a sideline as a pogo the party clown. For Kozenczak, the "saddest" aspect of the case was that he once interrogated Gacy while the body of Gacy's last victim was in the attic. Gacy was immensely helpful in bringing about his own downfall by trying to recognize Kozenczak and other investigators and inviting them into his house with a cellar full of corpses. When the investigators returned, the cellar was flooded, causing the previously hidden corpses to emit a foul odor and alerting Kozenczak to their presence.
Within two years of arresting Gacy and taking a confession, Kozenczak would achieve the rank of captain. In 1985 he became head of the Des Plaines Police. Overall, he would serve 27 years with the police. Retired, he continued to work as a private detective and in related professions as Regional Security Director for TNT Express. In his 2015 obituary, he noted that he had a strong interest in the paranormal.
. 2 Sam Brower
For seven years, private investigator Sam Brower investigated and researched a single group he considered a criminal organization before publishing a book about it. This may seem like a huge amount of work for a single exam, but for Brower it was just the beginning. Four years after the book was published, he participated in the adaptation of a documentary film from 2015. In May 2019, he continued his campaign against the organization. Is that almost fanatical? Well, considering the crimes of the Jeff family in the fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints, Brower's drive is pretty understandable.
Brower was prosecuted for the murder of his friend during a Home invasion and collaborated with both the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Labor. He began his investigation of the Mormon faction in 2004 (while he himself was a follower of the Mormon faith) and insisted that the FBI put Warren Jeffs on the list of the most wanted people. His investigation revealed that Jeff's extremely underaged girl married to abuse her. Jeff's conviction would endure him with a life sentence and a 20-year prison sentence . However, Brower quickly pointed out that the Cult's abuse of minors did not end with the arrest of Warren Jeffs. In addition to his campaign to end the FLDS ability to abuse children, Brower unsuccessfully ran for the 2016 Iron County Commission in Utah.
. 1 Dominick Polifrone
If you knew about the life of Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski, you would probably be afraid to be with him at all. He claims to have killed more than 100 people over the course of 30 years, using methods ranging from shots, to beatings, to poisoning, and anticipating enough that he would freeze the bodies before dropping them to shoot the autopsies and determine the time of death. Nevertheless, alcohol, tobacco and firearms agent Dominick Polifrone worked with him covertly for over a year and a half from 1985, knowing that Kuklinski was the type to kill partners in crimes that he suspected with little hesitation. Polifrones' stories would include committing Kuklinski for a hit, him for half a million dollars for arms smuggling and him for poisoning training. It would be the poison training that brought down Kuklinski, the case being based primarily on Polifrones's statement .
Not that Kuklinski's case would have been Polifrone's only feat. He spent 30 years in law enforcement, about 15 of the undercover investigators. During his career, he infiltrated five major crime families, during which time contracts were signed with him. He earned enough enmity through his work, even in civilian circles, that was one of the most disturbing events of his life when he was at a wedding, and a young woman attacked him for ruining the life of her friend, Kuklinski's daughter , Oddly enough, there are communities of people who have called Polifrone traitors because they've been working covertly to get criminals off the streets. Such a strange life can lead an undercover police officer.
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