Barry Seal

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Adler Berriman "Barry" Seal (July 16, 1939 – February 19, 1986) was an American commercial airline pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel. When Seal was convicted of smuggling charges, he became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration and testified in several major drug trials. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Barry Seal has received more than 12,448,671 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Barry Seal is the 36th most popular extremist (up from 39th in 2019), the 779th most popular biography from United States (up from 930th in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Extremist.

Barry Seal was a drug smuggler who was recruited by the CIA to work as an informant. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to a prison term of ten years.

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Among extremists, Barry Seal ranks 36 out of 205Before him are Ayman al-Zawahiri, H. H. Holmes, Tommaso Buscetta, Luis Carrero Blanco, Nathuram Godse, and Otto Ohlendorf. After him are Peter Kürten, Marinus van der Lubbe, Andreas Baader, Butch Cassidy, Fritz Haarmann, and Frederick Trump.

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Among people born in 1939, Barry Seal ranks 40Before him are Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Jānis Lūsis, Wes Craven, Ray Manzarek, and Romano Prodi. After him are Henry Mintzberg, Marie Laforêt, Michael Cimino, Michèle Mercier, Volker Schlöndorff, and Harry Kroto.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Barry Seal ranks 779 out of 15,968Before him are Ed Wood (1924), Gina Haspel (1956), Ice-T (1958), Alec Baldwin (1958), Michio Kaku (1947), and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977). After him are Neal Cassady (1926), Charlie Sheen (1965), Robert Vaughn (1932), John Reed (1887), Steven Weinberg (1933), and Matthew McConaughey (1969).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Barry Seal ranks 13Before him are Zodiac Killer (1940), Albert Fish (1870), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), Jim Jones (1931), John Wayne Gacy (1942), and H. H. Holmes (1861). After him are Butch Cassidy (1866), Henry Lee Lucas (1936), Frank Sheeran (1920), William Kemmler (1860), Whitey Bulger (1929), and James Earl Ray (1928).