Gangsters: America's Most Evil

Gangsters: America's Most Evil is a non-fiction series done in a documentary style that profiles infamous criminal cases. Through a combination of narrated film clips, photo montages and interviews with law enforcement figures, journalists, true crime authors and even some co-conspirators, each episode delves into the criminal enterprise of a major American gangster. The stories include how the subjects rose to power and how they were eventually brought to justice.

The following are some of the nefarious individuals and famous cases featured in the series:

Maria Leon - The head of a human trafficking operation from Mexico to the U.S., she was also the mother of numerous violent gang members.

Barry Mills - While behind bars for armed robbery Mills became a major player in The Aryan Brotherhood. He is said to have been responsible for 14 homicides carried out over almost 20 years, as well as being involved in drug trafficking and racketeering.

Carlos Lehder - A co-founder of the Medellin drug cartel and self-stlyed Nazi, Lehder innovated using Norman Cay, a Bahamian Island as a staging area that helped facilitate the cartel's bringing cocaine into the United States.

Rueben Cavazos - A one time president of the infamous Mongols motorcycle club, he is said to have turned that group into a major criminal organization, as well as being involved in a historic battle between The Mongols and The Hells Angels.

Griselda Blanco

Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on Biography Channel
5 Seasons, 48 Episodes
July 20, 2012
Action & Adventure, Crime, Documentary & Biography, Drama, History
7.7/10
Cast: Cornell Womack
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Episodes

Gangsters: America's Most Evil Full Episode Guide

  • The Johnston Gang was a family affair, consisting of Bruce Johnston Sr. and his brothers David and Norman. The gang terrorized the Mason-Dixon Line throughout the 1970s, burglarizing and intimidating victims, and raking in millions of dollars in the process.

  • The story of Anibal Mustelier, who was one of the most dangerous criminals during the "Cocaine Cowboy" days in Miami.

  • The story of Omar Portee, aka OG Mack, who reportedly formed the East Coast faction of the Bloods.

  • The story of Juan Garcia Abrego, the leader of the Gulf Cartel, which was one of the most violent and lucrative drug cartels in Mexican history.

  • The story of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a violent white supremacist gang that boasted thousands of members inside and outside of prison throughout Texas and the U.S.

  • A Chinatown gang leader is stopped by an informant in his own gang.

  • John Gotti was the last of the classic gangsters, the “Boss of Bosses” of New York City’s five Mafia families. Unlike other Mafia chiefs, Gotti broke all the rules by reveling in the spotlight and capturing the public’s admiration. But behind the scenes, he ran a multi-million dollar illegal operation that thrived on prostitution, extortion, gambling, theft and drugs. He also left a trail of dead bodies of those that had dared cross him. Seemingly untouchable, the so-called “Teflon Don” would eventually be crossed by one of his own, an unprecedented betrayal that would lead to the demise of the Mafia Boss and the collapse of the Mafia itself.

  • Mob hit man Richard Kuklinski is the focus.

  • Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were two men who had sworn to protect and serve, but instead provided their Mafia cohorts with vital confidential information - earning them the nickname, “The Mafia Cops.” The dirty cops would soon cross the thin blue line from co-conspirators to cold-blooded murderers. A badge tarnished by greed, power and murder, and the distinction as the most corrupt cops in the history of the New York Police Department, would ultimately be their legacy.

  • Known as the Monster of Atwater Village, Timothy McGhee was the shot caller for the Toonerville gang; Timothy was an aspiring rapper who wrote lyrics about his gang life and hatred for cops, who was also feared among many in Los Angeles.