Awful People Who Did Surprisingly Good Things

No matter what your definition of “good deed” is, you’re going to be surprised by the stories that we’ve collected here today. There are tales of lifelong criminals who don’t seem to hold anything in high regard saving the lives of the police officers who arrested them, and war criminals who made sure that everyone received a free education – it’s truly a twisted collection of bad people trying to do good things. If you’re still on the question of whether or not everyone has the capacity to be good inside of them, keep reading to learn about the awful people who surprised everyone with good deeds.

After reading about these good things done by bad people, do you think it absolves them of their crimes? Or are we, human beings, just a tapestry decisions, some good and some bad with none of the choices outweighing the others? Feel free to chime in in the comments.

Despite the brutal and monstrous tactics of Hitler’s Third Reich, one positive thing he did was enact animal welfare laws that were put in place to stop animal experimentation. Unfortunately we know how that ended up.
In 1971, before Ted Bundy went on a coed killing spree, he was working at a suicide prevention hotline. One of his coworkers, Ann Rule, would go on to write a best-selling book about sharing a desk with the crazed killer.

Al Capone Opened Free Soup Kitchens in Chicago

He may have been the gangster scourge of Chicago, but Al Capone never forgot where he came from. In 1931, he opened one of the world’s first soup kitchens. According to the Chicago Tribune, Capone served “120,000 meals” to the poor and homeless in the Windy City.

Pablo Escobar Supported His Local Futbol

At the height of his drug kingpinnery, Pablo Escobar made sure that he gave back to the community. The man who made millions off of cocaine built soccer stadiums and sponsored local charity outreach programs.

Saddam Hussein Gave Free Education to Iraq

Saddam Hussein was the worst, right? But even the worst guy knows that that knowledge is power, and while he was leading the Iraqi government Hussein instituted a system of compulsory free education in his country.
While he was in the middle of his rape and murder spree, John Wayne Gacy made multiple contributions to his local community and even donated the services of his company, PDM (Painting,  Decorating, and Maintenance), to the Democratic party.

The Yakuza Comes to the Aid of Japan After Earthquake

After a devastating earthquake hit Japan in 2011, The Yakuza (one of the oldest organized crime families) were among the first responders. They sent trucks full of  food, water, blankets, and toiletries to Northeast Japan where at least 27,000 people were missing or dead.

Inmate Saves Shelter Worker from Dog Attack

In 2011, an inmate who was spending time in jail for an assault rap had his sentence cut by three days when he saved an animal shelter worker from a viscous attack by a pit bull. The inmate wasn’t injured in the attack, but the pit bull did break the skin of the shelter worker.

Couple Planned to Extort Pedophile and Raise His Daughter as Their Own

A couple of real vigilantes were planning to extort a pedophile they’d been texting with, before stealing his child and raising it as their own. The only problem with this plan was that they were actually communicating with a cop who quickly put the kibosh on their freaky agenda. The couple told police they would monitor the pornographic website to find men claiming a desire for the woman of the pair to engage in sex acts with children, according to their affidavits.                                                                                                                                                                     Inmates Save Prison Guard from Brutal Rape
A group of inmates interred at Rikers Island came to the rescue of a female prison guard who was about to be raped by a prisoner inside a  locked vestibule. The assaulting prisoner was dragged off the woman by a team of inmates.

Thieves Bust Child Abuse Ring

In 2009, two petty thieves who stole a laptop discovered a collection of disturbing child abuse images and immediately reported the original owner of the laptop to the police.  Officers discovered 78 illegal images – 13 stills and 65 “movies” – of varying seriousness and then went after the creep.

Burglar Saves the Life of Elderly Woman

An ex-con who found work as a window washer noticed a 78-year-old woman having stroke like symptoms inside her home and he i mmediately called an emergency hotline. Afterwards, her son thanked the ex-con, saying that he saved his mother’s life.