50 Historic Photos You Won't Believe Are Photoshop-Free
1. The world's most notorious criminals
The Kray Twins
Starting things off on our list are two twins who typified East London in the post-war period. Riddled with poverty and crime, the hardened East Enders would go on to exploit the low-levels of policing in the area by committing a series of large-scale robberies and assaults.
By the 1960s, the twins, who went by the names Reginald “Reggie” Kray and Ronald “Ronnie” Kray had made a fortune and even became celebrities stateside after they were photographed by the fashion photographer David Bailey. But after enjoying the fruits of their illegal labors, which often involved socializing with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Jude Garland in a string of London nightclubs, the fearsome duo would come undone after they were investigated for the murders of rival gangsters, Jack “The Hat” McVitie and Geroge Cornell. Arrested in 1968 and convicted in 1969, both were given life sentences.
In 2015, the twins' life stories were brought to life by the Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, who portrayed both Reggie and Ronnie in the critically acclaimed movie, Legend.
The murder of Sharon Tate
Married to the film director Roman Polanski and pregnant with his child, everything seemed to be going just great for the actress Sharon Tate. She was living the dream and appeared destined to continue living it for years to come until Charles Manson directed his "family" of followers to kill her.
The late serial killer was actually indirectly responsible for the murders of seven people, which included the eight-month pregnant actress Sharon Tate. While not taking part in the killings, Manson was held accountable for instructing the murders, which were carried out by Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten.
Manson's motive was to start a race war between African Americans and white people by murdering residents in the wealthy, predominately white suburbs of L.A. and then blaming the killings on members of the black community.
The 83-year-old eventually served over 40 years before he succumbed to his death in a hospital in Bakersfield, California last year, with this elegant photo of the beautiful actress thought to be the last captured image of the star alive before Manson's cult killed her.