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The Brotherhood.Legends

November 18, 2009

Throughout history there have been many thieves, criminals, crooks. But none are more famous than those we at The Brotherhood are about to showcase.  These guys are legends. Most have been headlines, some have been the subject of a movie or two, but all are honorary members of The Brotherhood.


Known as The Gentleman Robber, Bill Miner was a famed stagecoach robber with manners. It is said he is the originator of the phrase “Hands up!”.


Bonnie and Clyde need no introduction. Active during the Great Depression this pair managed to shake things up and make national headlines. Their two year crime spree yielded endless robbed banks,shootouts and a murder or two. Their road ended in May 23, 1934 when they were gunned down outside their Bienville Parish, Louisiana hideout.


Al Capone, the greatest gangster of all time. The man who ran the largest crime syndicate in the country and kept it drunk during Prohibition. His crimes include racketeering, smuggling, bootlegging, tax evasion and The Saint Valentines Day Massacre.


Saint Valentines Day Massacre.


Billy The Kid was a 19th century outlaw and gunman in the American Frontier. According to legend, he killed over 20 white men and a number of Mexicans and Indians. People described him as a “neat” dresser who favored an “unadorned Mexican sombrero.  He died at the hand of a Sheriff, who later went on to write a book about him. He shall remained unnamed.


Machine Gun Kelly. Another shooting star from the Prohibition Era responsible for crimes such as bootlegging, armed robbery and kidnapping (which was his favorite).


Baby Face Nelson

Baby Face Nelson,  was a bankrobber and murderer in the 1930’s. He was tight with John Dillinger who helped him escape from prison in the famed “wooden pistol” escape, and was later labeled as  Public Enemy number one. He was shot to death by FBI agents in the famed shootout often called “The Battle of Barrington”.

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The Law Won

November 17, 2009

Yet Another Anthem of the Brotherhood by our favorites The Clash.

It was originally recorded by Sonny Curtis and The Crickets in 1959. But has been covered by many.

Showing a true result of our endeavors. The Law almost always wins.

Where Thieves go to Die. Alcatraz Prison

November 16, 2009

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Alcatraz Prison might be the most famous prison in the world. Often referred to as The Rock, Alcatraz has been an integral part of American History. Serving as a fort in the Civil War era, a maximum security prison until 1963, and a place of Native American occupation in the late 1960’s.

Alcatraz has housed some of the most famous criminals throughout history.
-Al Capone, the notorious gangster
-Machine Gun Kelly, a notorious criminal during the prohibition era. His crimes included bootlegging, armed roberry, and most prominently, kidnapping.
-Robert Franklin Stroud, also known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, for his affinity to birds.
-Alvin “Creepy Karpis” Karpowicz

The prison was established in 1934 and was in operation until 1963. It was a maximum security prison where escape was nearly impossible. In its years of operation  36 prisoners were involved in 14 attempts, two men trying twice; 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape, and three were lost at sea and never found. The only succesful attempt was done in 1962 by Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin. It is called  one of the most intricate escapes ever devised.

The Rock has served as the setting for many movies, and is one of San Francisco’s biggest tourist attractions.

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View from the Bars at Alcatraz.

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Showers at Alcatraz.
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Cell at Alcatraz.

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San Francisco seen from The Rock.

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Lighthouse

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Evidence of the Native American Occupation of 1969

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Clint Eastwood ESCAPES!!! and reinvents himself as Dirty Harry, San Fran’s finest detective.
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15 Minutes of Fame. Wanted Posters

November 14, 2009

The Brotherhood has always had its share of good publicity, but none were more stylish than the posters found in the Old West.

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New Wanted Posters lack the glamour.

The Brotherhood. Celebrity Edition

November 11, 2009

Sometimes even the famous fall to the ranks of the Brotherhood. Whether for shoplifting, joy riding, public drunkenness, lewd behavior, paparazzi assaults, or drinking and driving. Everyone visits the slammer someday.

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Larry King

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Al Pacino, aka “Scarface”

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David Bowie, auteur, idol, Ziggy Stardust

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Ezra Pound, Great American Poet

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Dennis Hopper, actor, writer, director, all around badass

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Johnny Cash, musician, father, husband, Man in Black. Supposedly shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

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Keith Richards,  Guitarist, Drug Fiend, Party Animal. Snorted father’s ashes.

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Steve Mcqueen, aka “The Man”,  All American, Actor, Outdoorsman, Ladies man, Trouble maker.

The Fuzz

November 9, 2009

The Fuzz have always been a plight to the Brotherhood, stifling our plans for world domination. Sending us to jail or prison. Burdening us with fines and community service.  They are The Man, and we have to stick it to The Man. Nevertheless, we have compiled a showcase of their most stylish badges.

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Get away, get away get away get away,get away,get away,get away

November 9, 2009

A  favorite at the Brotherhood, this single by The Clash was never released on any of their studio albums, but became extremely popular peaking at #12 in the U.K Singles Chart.  This song is proof that robbers never hurt nobody.