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Aram, Eugene (bap. 1704, d. 1759), murderer and philologist, was born at Ramsgill and baptized on 2 October 1704 at Middlesmoor, West Riding of Yorkshire. Little is known of his mother, but his father, Peter Aram (bap. 1667, d. 1735), employed as gardener to ...

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Bayeux, Osbert de (fl. 1120–1184), ecclesiastic and suspected murderer, was a nephew of Archbishop Thurstan of York (d. 1140). An archdeacon named Osbert occurs in the 1120s; if this was Osbert de Bayeux then he must have been promoted as archdeacon, presumably by his uncle, at an early age. As ...

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See Königsmark [Coningsmark], Karl Johann, Count Königsmark in the Swedish nobility

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William Burke (1792–1829) by Benjamin William Crombie, pubd 1829 [on the day before his execution] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Burke, William (1792–1829), murderer, and his accomplice, William Hare [see below], were Irish immigrants whose activities in Edinburgh made theirs perhaps the best-known pair of names in Scottish history. William Burke was probably born in the parish of Urney, near Strabane, co. Tyrone...

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Crichton, Robert, eighth Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (c. 1568–1612), nobleman and murderer, was the son of Edward Crichton, seventh Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (c.1542–1569), and Margaret Douglas (c.1545–c.1605), of Drumlanrig. On 10 April 1608 he married Anne (...

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Hawley Harvey Crippen (1862–1910) by unknown photographer, c. 1890 Getty Images

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Crippen, Hawley Harvey (1862–1910), murderer, was born in Coldwater, Michigan, the only child of storekeeper Myron Augustus Crippen (1827–1910) and his wife, Andresse Skinner (d. 1909). After studying in Michigan, London, and the Homoeopathic Hospital College, Cleveland, Ohio, he qualified as a homoeopathic doctor in 1884. In 1887 he married a nurse, ...

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Elwes [Helwys], Sir Gervase (bap. 1561, d. 1615), court official and convicted accessory to the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, was baptized at Askham, Nottinghamshire, on 1 September 1561, the eldest son of John Elwes (d. 1581) of Worlaby, Lincolnshire, and his wife, ...

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Enoch ap Evan (c. 1599–1633), murderer, was born at Clun, Shropshire, the elder son of Edward ap Evan (d. 1633), yeoman, and his wife, Joan (c.1561–1633). Enoch and his brother John (c.1602–1633) helped their father farm his holding, and ...

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Fiennes, Thomas, ninth Baron Dacre (b. in or before 1516, d. 1541), nobleman and murderer, was the son and heir of Sir Thomas Fiennes and Jane (d. 1539), daughter of Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley. He succeeded his grandfather Thomas, eighth Lord Dacre...

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Fitzurse, Reginald (d. 1173x5), one of the murderers of Thomas Becket, was the son of Richard fitz Urse and his wife, Maud, the daughter of Baldwin de Boullers, lord of Montgomery. Although not of the standing of his fellow murderers Hugh de Morville (d. 1173/4)...

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Foulkes, Robert (bap. 1634, d. 1679), Church of England clergyman and murderer, was born at Mallwyd, Montgomeryshire, and baptized on 19 March 1634 at St Tydecho's church there. Nothing is known about his parents. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating in November 1652, and subsequently became a clergyman. On 7 September 1657 he married ...

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Goodere, Samuel (1687–1741), naval officer and murderer, was born in Charleton, Worcestershire, the youngest son of the three sons and a daughter of Sir Edward Goodere, third baronet (b. in or after 1649, d. 1739), of Burhope, Herefordshire, and his wife, Eleanor...

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James Hackman (bap. 1752, d. 1779) by Robert Laurie, pubd 1779 (after R. Dighton) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hackman, James (bap. 1752, d. 1779), murderer, was baptized on 13 December 1752 at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport, Hampshire. He was the son of William Hackman, a former naval lieutenant, and his wife, Mary. He was apprenticed to a mercer, and at sixteen possibly became a member of ...

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Haigh, John George (1909–1949), murderer, was born at home at 22 King's Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, on 24 July 1909, to John Robert Haigh (1872–1955), an electrical engineer, and his wife, Emily, née Hudson (1868–1955), both natives of Yorkshire and married for eleven years. They were members of the strict religious body the ...

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Hamilton, Thomas Watt (1952–1996), mass murderer, was born at the Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, on 10 May 1952, the only child of Thomas Watt (b. 1929), bus driver, and his wife, Agnes Graham, née Hamilton (b. 1931), box maker and later hotel worker. His parents separated during his infancy, and his mother returned to live with her adoptive parents, ...

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Hanratty, James Francis (1936–1962), petty criminal and convicted murderer, was born on 4 October 1936 in the County Hospital, Farnborough, near Orpington, Kent, the eldest of four sons of James Hanratty (1907–1978), labourer and dustman, and his wife, Mary Wilson.

He attended St James's Roman Catholic school...

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