Gangsters: America's Most Evil is a documentary television series that airs on Reelz which profiles notorious criminals whose crimes involve murder, drug trafficking, racketeering and human trafficking. Most, if not all of, the criminals profiled in this series were either brought to justice by local, state, and federal law enforcement or were killed as a part of their criminal enterprises.
Gangsters debuted on July 20, 2012 on Bio and is produced by Asylum Entertainment in association with A+E Networks (Bio's parent company). Season 4 aired first-run on Reelz and episodes from that season are labeled "Reelz Original" in the closing credits.
Garza was a Brownsville, Texas-based drug dealer who made his fortune shipping and selling narcotics between the United States and Mexico. In 2001, he had the unfortunate distinction of being the first convicted felon to be executed by the federal government in more than 30 years.
The Ultimate Outlaw: Harry "Taco" Bowman
July 27, 2012
Bowman was the international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who was eventually convicted of several murders, firearms violations, and other acts of violence. Since 1999, he is currently serving two life sentences in a federal prison in Florida.
The Godmother: Griselda Blanco
August 3, 2012
Blanco was a Colombian-born drug baroness who had been involved in a life of crime since her early teens. She made her way to the United States in the mid-1970s, along with her husband and four sons, first settling in New York City, then later moving to South Florida and Southern California. Blanco was also one of the key figures in the infamous Cocaine Cowboy drug wars that plagued the Miami area in late '70s and early '80s. She was arrested by federal authorities in 1985 on drug and murder conviction, and while she was released from prison in 2004, she was deported back to Colombia some time later. Exactly a month after her Gangsters profiles originally aired, Blanco was murdered on September 3 in Medellín, Colombia via a drive-by shooting. She was 69 years old.
Mexican-born Leon and her family terrorize the streets of the Northeast Los Angeles with their ruthless ways of drug-dealing and killing.
August 20, 2013
Sex, Money, Murder, Inc.: "Pistol" Pete Rollack
August 27, 2013
Rollack grew up in the South Bronx section of New York City, in a life of crime, as his father was a long-time associate of Harlem drug kingpin Leroy "Nicky" Barnes. The younger Rollack grew up to be a ruthless drug lord who would later branch out his operations to other locales, as such as Pittsburgh and Charlotte. As the co-founder of the Sex Money Murda crew (who would later become an affiliate group of the United Blood Nation), Rollack would order and execute himself revenge killings of rival dealers and a local basketball star, Karlton Hines in 1995, which would eventually find him in trouble with law enforcement. In 1998, "Pistol" Pete would get convicted of drug trafficking and murder, and is currently serving a life sentence without parole, and under solitary confinement, in a federal prison in Colorado.
Los Muchachos: Augusto Falcon & Salvador Magulta
The Cutt Boys: Terrance Benjamin & Derrick Washington
Honken was a prolific producer of methamphetamine in the U.S. Midwest. In 2005, Honken and his girlfriend, Angela Johnson, were both tried, convicted, and given federal death sentences for the 1993 murders of five people, including two children, in Mason City, Iowa. Two of the victims were cooperating witnesses in a federal investigation against Honken. Johnson's death sentence was vacated on appeal in 2012, and she was re-sentenced in 2014 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Honken, who was already serving two concurrent 27-year sentences as a result of a 1997 guilty plea in a second federal drug indictment, is currently incarcerated on federal death row at the United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, Indiana.
James Spencer Springette
February 2, 2016
Springette was the leader of The Island Boys, a major cocaine trafficking ring supplied by the Medellin Cartel which imported cocaine into the United States via the United States Virgin Islands. Springette was the 471th person to appear on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. He was indicted in 1998 and arrested in Colombia, but he escaped from prison while awaiting extradition. Captured in Venezuela in 2002 and extradited to the United States, Springette pled guilty to conspiracy and money laundering and was sentenced in 2005 to 35 years in federal prison. In 2015, Springette cooperated with the government and testified for the prosecution in the trial of another suspected drug importer in the British Virgin Islands (Violet "Letty" Hodge), and his federal prison sentence was halved. Springette is currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong, California and is scheduled to be released from federal custody in 2019.
February 9, 2016
Fainberg worked as a go-between with the Russian Mafia and the Medellin Cartel in Colombia. Convicted of federal drug charges, he cooperated with the government and received the minimum sentence for which he was eligible: three years imprisonment. He was released from federal custody in 1999 and deported to Israel. Later, he moved to Canada, where he was arrested in a sex trafficking ring. He was again deported to Israel in 2003.
Founded by four brothers in Detroit, the Best Friends gang served as enforcers for other factions before getting into the drug trade themselves. A violent turf war between the gang and former associates Demetrius Holloway and Richard "Maserati Rick" Carter leaves the streets of Detroit awash in blood. The only surviving brother, Reginald "Rockin' Reggie" Brown, had a murder conviction overturned in 1992 but was re-arrested in 1993 for the murders of four people, including a three-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet, and given four life sentences. Brown is currently incarcerated at the Kinross Correctional Facility in Michigan.
Rances Ulices Amaya
March 8, 2016
"Blue" was the leader of the Guanacos Lokotes Salvatruchas faction of MS-13 and oversaw a large prostitution and human trafficking operation in northern Virginia on behalf of the gang. He was convicted in 2012 of conspiracy and three counts of sex trafficking and sentenced to 50 years in federal prison. Amaya is currently incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary, Tucson, Arizona.
March 15, 2016
Mery Valencia, also known as La Señora, was one of, if not the, highest ranking women in the Cali Cartel. After being arrested in Brazil in 1997, Valencia was extradited to the United States the following year and was convicted in 1999 of conspiracy and sentenced to life in prison.
Cheng Chui Ping
March 22, 2016
"Sister Ping" was the leader of what is considered one of the most prolific human trafficking operations in U.S. history. Known as the "Queen of the Snakeheads," Ping oversaw the smuggling of thousands of individuals mainly from China's Fujian Province into New York's Chinatown. Ping fled the United States after the freighter Golden Venture, carrying almost 300 Chinese immigrants, ran aground off the coast of New York City. Ping was captured in Hong Kong in 2000 and extradited to the United States. She was convicted in 2006 of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling, money laundering and trafficking in ransom proceeds and sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. On April 25, 2014, Ping, aged 65, died of pancreatic cancer while incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas.
Known as the Monster of Atwater Village, McGhee was a high-ranking member of the Toonerville Rifa 13 gang in Los Angeles County, California who was implicated in at least 12 homicides. In 2007, McGhee was found guilty of three counts of murder in the shooting deaths of two rival gang members and the girlfriend of another, two counts of attempted murder in the shootings of a fourth rival gang member and a passenger in the same car and two counts of attempted murder of a police officer in the ambush shootings of two Los Angeles Police Department officers in 2000. After the jury could not agree on a sentence, a second jury sentenced McGhee to death in 2008 for the murders plus multiple life sentences for the other charges. McGhee is currently on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California and is awaiting execution.
The Hit Man of Motown: Vincent Smothers
December 20, 2016
"Vito" was one of the most prolific hired killers in Detroit. Admitting to being paid over $60,000 over a two-year period for his actions on the street, Smothers was suspected of killing so many people that he told investigators that he did not even remember the names of some of his victims. In 2010, as part of a plea agreement, Smothers pled guilty to eight counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of seven drug dealers and the estranged wife of a Detroit Police Department officer, which was reportedly committed for as little as $1,500. Smothers was sentenced to 52-100 years in prison and is currently incarcerated at the Macomb Correctional Facility in Michigan.
The Madam of Malice: Raquel Hortencia Medeles-Arguello