25/10/2011 15:13 | By Hugh Wilson, contributor, MSN Him
History’s most notorious vigilantes

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels (© Robert Nickelsberg - Getty Images News - 2005)
  • Men who took the law into their own hands (© Grey Villet - Time Life Pictures - Getty Images)
  • Jonathan ‘Jack’ Idema
  • Bernhard Goetz (© Associated Press)
  • Guardian Angels (© Robert Nickelsberg - Getty Images News - 2005)
  • The Lavender Panthers (© Grey Villet - Time Life Pictures - Getty Images)
  • Anti-paedophile mobs
  • The Ken McElroy killer (© Larry W. Smith - Getty Images News 2004)
  • Sombra Negra (© Associated Press)
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The uniformed Guardian Angels group was set up in New York in 1979 as a response to rocketing violent crime in the city. Angels patrolled the streets and subways, making citizens' arrests or detaining criminals until police arrived. Today Guardian Angels patrol city streets across the world, unarmed but trained in first aid, communication and basic martial arts.

Their success has come at a cost. Some Angels - albeit not in uniform and not on patrol - have been killed while coming to the aid of crime victims.

On Bing: more about the Guardian Angels

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