The Who's Who of eCourtDate Demo Messages

Part 1: Halloween Monsters and Mobsters

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Welcome to a Halloween eCourtDate Blog all about spooky monsters and mobsters. This is the October Part 1 in a two part series detailing the Who’s Who of our eCourtDate Demos. If you have ever joined us on a product demonstration, or have entered your number on one of the pages of our website to receive sample text alerts, then you may recognize some of the names in this blog.

When you receive demo text notifications from our Product Tour, Court Date Reminders, or Payment pages, you receive them as a notorious criminal. Using these criminal names allows us to show you the functionality of our court date reminders and how they will look for your clients. This blog post sheds some light on the details about these criminals and their crimes. Some of them may have been misunderstood tortured souls, but I think you will agree that many of them are monsters- which makes them the perfect theme for a Halloween Month blog post!

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Next month, in part two, we will address the people behind the names that your notifications are addressed to when you sign up for demo messages from our Juror and Victim Notifications pages.

Joseph Adonis

Joseph Adonis

was born in 1902 as Giuseppe Antonio Doto. He was an Italian American mobster who was involved in bootlegging and gambling along with Charles “Lucky" Luciano and “Bugsy" Siegel. He was tied to several murders, but was eventually convicted of operating gambling rooms in New Jersey. While he served some of a short prison stint here in the states, he was deported to Italy and died there.

Albert Anastasia

Albert Anastasia

was an Italian-American mobster, hitman, and crime boss. He was one of the founders of the modern American Mafia, and a co-founder and later boss of the Murder, Inc. organization. In 1932, Anastasia was indicted on charges of murdering a man with an ice pick. The following year, he was charged with killing another man. Both cases were dismissed because there were no witnesses willing to testify. (Note: eCourtDate was not yet sending witness notifications and reminders at this time. We do now, so crime bosses, beware.)

Joey Bananas

Joseph Bonnano,

sometimes referred to as Joe Bananas, was the crime boss of the Bonanno crime family from 1931 to 1968- one of the youngest mafia bosses ever. In the 1980s he served eight months in prison for obstruction of justice, and 14 months for contempt of court after refusing to testify in a federal racketeering case. While he never talked in court, he gave interviews while in prison, and later spilled all the beans in his book A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno.

Ted Bundy

Theodore Bundy

was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls in the 1970s. While he confessed to 30 homicides committed between 1974 and 1978, many believe that his total number of victims is higher. The details of his crimes are exceptionally gruesome, and while facing murder charges at one point, orchestrated a daring escape in order to flee and commit even more heinous murders.

Caryl Chessman

Caryl Chessman

was a convicted robber, kidnapper and rapist who was sentenced to death for a series of crimes he committed in 1948 in the Los Angeles area. He published four books while in prison, one of which, Cell 2455, Death Row was adapted into a 1955 Film Noir. His case attracted worldwide attention, and helped the movement to end capital punishment in the state of California. He was one of only two men in America executed for non-lethal kidnappings and held a record for longest stay on death row until 1988.

Clyde Barrow

Clyde Chestnut Barrow

was one half of the famous crime duo known as Bonnie and Clyde. While they are known for bank robberies, they actually primarily robbed small rural stores and funeral homes during the Great Depression. Clyde’s infamous robbery and killing spree, and prison raid was said to be to exact revenge on the Texas prison system for the sexual abuse he suffered while in prison.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer’s

reign of terror ran from 1978-1991, over which time he murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys. He drugged most of his victims prior to killing them, and preserved portions of many of their bodies. He was convicted of 16 life imprisonment terms for 15 of the 16 murders committed in Wisconsin, and one he committed in Ohio. He was beaten to death in prison by another inmate.

Albert Desalvo

Albert Desalvo

is the serial killer known as “The Boston Strangler" who confessed to the murders of thirteen women between 1962 and 1964. While there is some dispute about his murder confessions, he was convicted of several rapes. Sentenced to life in 1967 and serving his sentence in a State Hospital he and two other inmates escaped in 1968, however he called his lawyer and turned himself in shortly after. Following his escape he was transferred to a maximum security prison where he was stabbed to death in the infirmary in 1973.

John Dillinger

John Dillinger

was a gangster during the Great Depression who led the “Dillinger Gang" in robbing 24 banks and 4 police stations. He loved media attention, and the media loved him, hailing him as a Robin Hood type character. The FBI was essentially created out of the then BOI (Bureau of Investigations) by Hoover because of Dillinger and his gang. He was only ever charged with one homicide- that of a police officer, and was himself shot and killed during apprehension after being turned in by a brothel owner with whom he had sought refuge.

Ma Barker

Arizona Donnie Clark

proves that women can be notorious killers too. Also known as Kate “Ma" Barker, she wasn’t just known for being a ruthless killer. She was known as a criminal mastermind and matriarch. Described by J Edgar Hoover as "the most vicious, dangerous, and resourceful criminal brain of the last decade" she controlled the organization of the Barker-Karpis Gang and the crimes of her sons. While she has been immortalized in song and film, and in the press during her life, those that knew her claimed that her involvement in crime was a tall tale entirely made up by Hoover in order to excuse the FBI in the case of her death in a shootout in 1935.

Gary Gilmore

Gary Gilmore

became an internationally famous murderer, not for the circumstances of the two murders he committed in Utah in 1976, but for demanding the death sentence for his crimes. In 1972 the death penalty had been declared as “cruel and unusual punishment" but later statutes in 1976 overturned this and Gilmore became the first person in almost a decade to be put to death in the US. He was executed by firing squad in 1979. The sad story of his life and execution was immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner’s Song, and later in film.

John Gotti

John Gotti,

known as ‘The Teflon Don,’ was the boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. He got his nickname because of three high profile trials in the 1980s where the law couldn’t make charges stick. He was finally taken down in 1992 after his long time devotee, Underboss Sammy Gravato, turned on him in court. He managed to remain a boss even while in prison with his son acting on his behalf inside the criminal organization for some time. He died in prison of throat cancer in 2002.

Charles Keating

Charles Keating

is pretty tame compared to some of the murderers on this list, but if you disregard lives and only measure these criminals by financial impact, he is definitely vicious. In the 1980’s, he and his Lincoln Savings and Loan Association took advantage of loosened banking regulations and restrictions and ended up costing the federal government over $3 billion. He only served four and a half years in prison before his many fraud, racketeering, and conspiracy charges were overturned in 1996. He pleaded guilty to additional wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud charges in 1999 but was only sentenced to time already served. He died in 2014.
Author's note: My maternal grandmother was his wife's hairdresser.

Lucky Luciano

Charles “Lucky" Luciano

is considered the “father of modern organized crime" in the US. He founded The Commission in 1931, and was the first official boss of the Genovese crime family. He was convicted for running a prostitution racket in 1936, but his 30-50 year prison sentence was commuted in exchange for military intelligence he supplied to the Navy during WWII and he was deported to Italy in 1946 under the terms of his commutation. He lived there until his death in 1962.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

was a criminal and cult leader in the late 1960s. He is often regarded as the gold standard for crazy. Most widely known for convictions for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, his life of crime actually began when he was very young. In fact, by 1967, when he was released from his second imprisonment at Terminal Island, he had been in a prison or other institution for half of his 32 years. Interestingly, in regards to his murder convictions: Manson never expressly told any members of his cult to commit the murders, or murdered anyone himself, and yet his behavior and ideology were considered dangerous enough to convict him of murder in the first degree. He died in prison at age 82.

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald

was a former marine who was charged with the 1952 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, as well as the murder of Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit. Oswald claimed that he was “a patsy" in the assassination and many Americans still believe that the full story of the assassination was never fully revealed or possibly discovered. Many conspiracy theories prevail even today. Oswald was killed on live television by night club owner Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters just days after the assassination.

James Earl Ray James Arthur Ray

James Ray

could actually refer to two notorious criminals: James Arthur Ray, and James Earl Ray.
James Earl Ray was the criminal who pleaded guilty to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. By entering a guilty plea, he was able to forgo a jury trial and the possibility of the death sentence. While there is overwhelming circumstantial evidence along with Ray’s initial confession and guilty plea, in the 1990s additional investigations were conducted into the assassination as a conspiracy. Ray died in 1990 at age 70.
James Arthur Ray is a self- help and business motivational speaker and author. Throughout the 2000s there were complaints and concerns regarding the safety of exercises at his seminars where several people sustained injuries. In 2009, three participants at one of his New Age retreats died during a sweat lodge ritual. Ray was charged with three counts of negligent homicide and served two years in Arizona state prison. Upon release in 2013, he re-launched his self-help business. You can actually book him for speaking events on his website.

Bugsy Sigel

Benjamin “Bugsy" Siegel

was a charming and handsome mobster who was a driving force for the development of the Las Vegas strip. He was one of the founders of Murder, Inc. and an enforcer and hitman involved in bootlegging during prohibition and in gambling after. In the early 1940s he was tried and acquitted of the murder of fellow gangster Harry Greenberg. Upon moving west he helped develop the originally unsuccessful Flamingo Hotel. He was shot to death in June of 1947 just months after the Casino and Hotel’s more successful re-opening in January. His murder is still technically an unsolved homicide as no one was ever charged in his death.

Charles Starkweather

Charles Starkweather’s

story may seem familiar to you if you have seen any of the following movies: The Sadist (1963), Badlands (1973), Kalifornia (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), The Frighteneers (1996), and Starkweather (2004). He was a ‘spree killer’ who went on a murderous rampage over two months beginning in December 1957, accompanied by his 14 year old girlfriend, Caril Fugate. While 11 souls died at his hand over the two month killing spree, he was only ever tried for one murder. He was sentenced to death and was executed in the electric chair in Nebraska in 1959, the last execution in the state until 1994.

Joseph Valachi

Joseph Valachi

was a no good snitch and a dirty rat. Or possibly the hero of the Justice Department. It depends on who you ask, I suppose. In 1963 he was the first mobster to speak publicly about and confirm the very existence of the Italian-American Mafia, or cosa nostra. He was convicted of drug-trafficking and sentenced to fifteen years, but while in prison, he killed another inmate who he was convinced was there to carry out a hit on him. His sentence was extended to life, and some believe he became an informant to avoid the death penalty. Ironically, his disclosures, in what is known as the Valachi hearings, never directly resulted in the prosecution of a single mafia member. He died in prison of a heart attack in 1971.

So did these mug shots give anyone last-minute Halloween Costume ideas? If so, we want to see your pics!
Don't forget to join us next month to learn about the notable victims, and the famous but fictional jury member names that are triggered when someone enters their number for jury notification and victim notification demos.
Happy Halloween!