03/17/2014 10:56 am ET Updated May 17, 2014

10 of the Biggest Scoundrels in American History

America has produced an amazing gallery of nefarious characters over the past three centuries--from brutal serial killers to crafty con men, counterfeiters, and snake oil salesmen. In my new book, Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem (Prometheus Books, $18.95), I profile thirty of the country's most memorable ne'er-do-wells. Here are ten of our absolutely slipperiest specimens ever.

Biggest Scoundrels in American History