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Biggs, Ronald Arthur [Ronnie] (1929–2013), criminal and fugitive, was born on 8 August 1929 at 37 Dalyell Road, Stockwell, south London, the youngest child in the family of four sons and one daughter of Henry Jack Biggs (1888–1965), a railway dining car steward, and his wife, ...

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Cotter, James (c. 1689–1720), Jacobite agitator and rapist, was born in co. Cork, Ireland, the eldest of seven children of Sir James Cotter (d. 1705), army officer and colonial administrator, and his second wife, Ellen Plunkett (d. 1698), daughter of Lord Louth...

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Hadfield, James (1771/2–1841), assailant of George III, is of unknown parentage. Critically wounded at the battle of Roubaix in 1794, he sustained eight sabre wounds to his head before being captured by the French. After making his way back to England, he fell under the sway of a millenarian cult, becoming convinced that his death at the hands of the state would effect the second coming. ...

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Hopley, Thomas (1819–1876), schoolmaster and convicted homicide, was born at Whitstable, Kent, on 15 February 1819, the third of the four children of Edward Hopley (1780–1841), retired naval surgeon, and his wife, Catherine Cooper Prat (1792–1878), who was descended from a clerical dynasty connected with ...

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Nicholson, Margaret (1750?–1828), assailant of George III, was born in Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, the daughter of George Nicholson, a barber of that town. She was a housemaid to several families, one of her places being in the service of Sir John Sebright...

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Richardson, Charles William [Charlie] (1934–2012), gangster, was born on 18 January 1934 at 210 Hampton Road, Twickenham, the eldest of three sons of Charles Frederick Richardson (1909–1988), successively a fish porter, greengrocer, merchant seaman, and fitter, and his wife, Eileen Elizabeth Mary, née...

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Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile (1926–2011) by unknown photographer, 1979 © Dobson Agency / Rex Features

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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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Spring-Heeled Jack (fl. 1837–1838), mystery assailant, was first reported, though not named, in early January 1838, when the lord mayor of London made public a letter he had received, signed 'A resident of Peckham':

It appears that some individuals (of, as the writer believes, the higher ranks of life) have laid a wager with a mischievous and foolhardy companion (name as yet unknown) that he durst not take upon himself the task of visiting many of the villages near ...

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Touchet, Mervin, second earl of Castlehaven (1593–1631), convicted rapist and sodomite, was the eldest son of George Touchet, eleventh Baron Audley in the English peerage and from September 1616, for the last five months of his life, first earl of Castlehaven in the peerage of Ireland...