Since it first opened in 1903, the United State Penitentiary, Leavenworth has seen its fair share of both famous and infamous inmates. Today, we will take a look at a few of the more notorious convicts who served their time in the eastern Kansas prison.
1. James Earl Ray
From 1955 to 1958, James Earl Ray was held at Leavenworth on charges of forgery; he would go on to assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
2. Michael Vick
The NFL quarterback called Leavenworth "home" for 23 months after pleading guilty to operating an interstate dog fighting ring known as "Bad Newz Kennels."
3. Anthony Corallo
Known by the prison system as 08341-016, mob boss Anthony Corallo died in 2000 while serving a 100-year sentence.
4. Tom Pendergast
The infamous political Kansas City boss was convicted of tax evasion in 1939; he went on to serve a year at Leavenworth.
5. Phillip Garrido
Garrido made national headlines in 2011 after confessing to the kidnapping, rape, and false imprisonment of Jaycee Dugard. He is currently serving a life sentence.
6. Felix Mitchell
The notorious leader of the "69 Mob" gang, convicted in 1985 of murder, murder conspiracy and drug trafficking conspiracy, was fatally stabbed while serving his life sentence.
7. Herman Lang
In 1941, Herman Lang was convicted of leading a group of spies for the Nazis that aimed to obtain information regarding military and industrial sabotage targets. He was sentenced to 18 years at Leavenworth, but ended up being deported to Germany in 1950.
8. Samuel R. Caldwell
Caldwell, the first person in the United States to be arrested and convicted for selling marijuana, served his 3 years at Leavenworth.
9. Byron "Bam" Morris
The former NFL running back pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering and served his 30 months at Leavenworth.
10. Carl Panzram
The serial killer (who confessed to 22 murders), rapist, arsonist, and burglar was hanged at Leavenworth in 1930.