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(Ian) Robert Maxwell (1923–1991) by Ida Kar, c. 1960 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maxwell, (Ian) Robert (1923–1991), publisher and swindler, was born on 10 June 1923 in Synagogue Street, Slatinske Doly (Szlatina), a village in Czechoslovakia on a disputed frontier with Romania. He was one of seven children of Mehel Hoch (1887–1942?), agricultural labourer, and Chanca (...

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Redpath, Leopold (b. 1816?, d. in or after 1868), swindler, was probably born in 1816 (1813 by another account), and was the son of James Redpath, a poor man. When young he worked as a clerk. On 23 February 1840 (pretentiously describing himself as a merchant and his father as a gentleman) he married a lady's companion, ...

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Robson, William James (b. 1822?, d. in or after 1862), swindler, was probably born in 1822 (though some accounts indicate November 1820 or 1821) at Chingford, Essex, the son of a hay salesman from whose home he ran away. As a young man he worked as a law writer and later as a clerk of the ...

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Sadleir, John (1813–1856), politician and swindler, was born on 17 November 1813 at Shronell House in the parish of Shronell, co. Tipperary. He was the fifth of seven children of Clement William Sadleir, farmer and middleman, reputedly descended from Henry Sadeleyer of Hackney...

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John Sadleir (1813–1856) by unknown engraver courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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Savundra, Emil [formerly Marion Emil Anacletus Pierre Savundranayagam] (1923–1976), swindler, was born on 6 July 1923 in Ceylon. His father was stated to have been a Ceylonese judge. He attended school in Ceylon, and although he never attended university, he gained a doctorate of civil law from the ...

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Emil Savundra (1923–1976) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Wilks, John (c. 1793–1846), swindler, was the only son (there were three daughters) of Wilks, John (1776?–1854) and his wife, Isabella (1777?–1846). John Wilks senior, attorney and politician, was the son of Matthew Wilks (d. 1829), minister at Whitefield's Tabernacle...