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Bingham, (Richard) John, seventh earl of Lucan (b. 1934, d. in or after 1974), suspected murderer, was born on 18 December 1934 at 19 Bentinck Street, Marylebone, elder son of (George Charles) Patrick Bingham, sixth earl of Lucan (1898–1964), and of Kaitilin Elizabeth Anne Dawson (1900–1985)...

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Blandy, Mary (1718/19–1752), murderer, was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the only child of Francis Blandy (c.1689–1751) and Mary Stevens (c.1700–1749), parents so 'excessively fond' of her that they could 'scarce bear her out of their sight...

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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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Corder, William (1804–1828), murderer, was born in Polstead, Suffolk, on 22 June 1804, the son of John Corder, farmer, and his wife, Mary. He attended the local village school and then an academy at Hadleigh. At that time he was described as slender with a stoop. He took off for ...

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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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Egan, John (1754/5–1810), judge and duellist, was probably born in Charleville, co. Cork, the second son of the Revd Dr Carbery Egan (d. in or before 1776), professor of theology. He matriculated, as a sizar, at Trinity College, Dublin, on 23 May 1769, at the age of fourteen. He graduated BA in 1773 and LLB in 1776, and subsequently received the degree of LLD ...

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Ellis [née Neilson], Ruth (1926–1955), nightclub hostess and convicted murderer, was born on 9 October 1926 at 74 West Parade, Rhyl, north Wales, the fourth of six children of Arthur Neilson (formerly Hornby), musician, and his wife, Elisaberta Goodall, a seamstress.

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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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Heath, Neville George Clevely (1917–1946), murderer, was born on 6 June 1917 at 15 Dudley Road, Ilford, Essex, the elder son of William George Heath, a soft goods traveller, and his wife, Bessie Louise, née Clevely. His father claimed descent from James Heath...

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Malcolm, Sarah (c. 1710–1733), murderer, was born in Durham but the family moved to Dublin. On the death of her mother, Malcolm migrated to London, becoming a domestic servant at the Temple. One of her employers was an elderly widow, Lydia Duncomb, who lived with another old woman and their maid. On 5 February 1733 the papers reported a grisly murder of the three women, found in their beds with their throats cut from ear to ear. Four servants were arrested and ...

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Maybrick [née Chandler], Florence Elizabeth (1862–1941), convicted poisoner, was born on 2 September 1862 at Mobile, Alabama, USA, the only daughter of William G. Chandler, banker, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of Darius Blake Holbrook. At the age of eighteen in 1881 she married an English cotton broker, ...

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McNaughtan [McNaghten], Daniel (1802/3–1865), criminal lunatic, born in Scotland (probably in Glasgow), was a wood-turner and political radical in Glasgow prior to the events of 20 January 1843 which earned him a place in the legal history of the plea of insanity, as the eponymist of the ...

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Savile, Sir James Wilson Vincent [Jimmy] (1926–2011), disc jockey, broadcaster, and sexual predator, was born into an impoverished Roman Catholic family on 31 October 1926 at 64 Wellclose Grove, Leeds, the youngest child in the family of four girls and three boys of ...

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Shirley, Laurence, fourth Earl Ferrers (1720–1760), murderer, was born on 18 August 1720, the eldest son of Laurence Shirley (1693–1743) and his wife, Anne (d. 1782), fourth daughter of Sir Walter Clarges, first baronet. His father was the fourth son of Robert Shirley, ...

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Smith, George Joseph (1872–1915), bigamist and murderer, was born on 11 January 1872 at 92 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London, the son of George Thomas Smith, insurance agent, and his wife, Louisa Gibson. Little is known about his early life. Caroline Thornhill, his first known spouse, maintained that he was sent to a reformatory in ...

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Turner [née Norton], Anne (1576–1615), accessory to the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, of whose origins little is known, was born on 5 January 1576 of humble parentage, and had at least one sister and one brother living at the time of her death. She entered the glittering orbit of court society in the company of her husband, ...

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Wall, Joseph (1737–1802), army officer and murderer, was born in Dublin, the eldest son of Gereld or Garrett Wall, a well-to-do tenant farmer on the estate of Sir John Denny Vesey, second baronet, near Abbeyleix in Queen's county. Details of his early life are sparse. His family were Roman Catholic but he and his brothers converted to protestantism. Most accounts state that at the age of fifteen he attended ...