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Adams, Fanny (1859–1867), murder victim and source of a colloquial expression, was born on 30 April 1859 in Tanhouse Lane, Alton, Hampshire, the fourth of seven children of George Adams (b. 1830), a labourer, later a bricklayer, and his wife, Harriet Mills (...

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Anstey, Richard of (c. 1137–1194/5), litigant, was the son of Hubert The squire (armiger), the chamberlain of Matilda, countess of Boulogne (King Stephen's queen), and of his wife, Agnes, daughter of Richard de Sackville. Hubert held lands of the honour of ...

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Arden, Thomas (c. 1508–1551), murder victim, was the son of Margery Arden of Norwich, also known as Mother Arden. His career shows that he was well educated, almost certainly as a lawyer. By 1537 he was an assistant to Edward North, clerk of the ...

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Armstrong, Eliza (b. 1872), domestic servant and victim of abduction, was born at 9 Charles Street, Lisson Grove, in the Marylebone district of London on 18 April 1872 to Charles Armstrong, a chimney sweep, and Elizabeth, née Chivers, who were married in March 1874. The family later moved to ...

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Beck, Adolf (1841–1909), businessman and victim of two miscarriages of justice, was born in Christiansund, Norway, on 14 June 1841, the son of a trader and ship's captain. Leaving school at sixteen, he led a restless, wandering, and varied life. He was a clerk in merchants' offices, studied industrial chemistry privately, and went to sea, before reaching ...

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Bentley, Derek William (1933–1953), victim of a miscarriage of justice, was born on 30 June 1933 at 13 Surrey Row, Blackfriars Road, Blackfriars, London, the third of five surviving children of William George Bentley (1905–1974), an engineer, and his wife, Lilian Rose (1903–1976)...

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Bowes, Mary Eleanor, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1749–1800), heiress and victim of kidnapping, was born on 24 February 1749, the only child of George Bowes MP (1701–1760), of Streatlam Castle and Gibside, co. Durham, and his second wife, Mary (d. 1781)...

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Bulger, James Patrick (1990–1993), murder victim, was born in Liverpool on 16 March 1990, the first child of Ralph S. Bulger (b. 1964) and his wife, Denise Matthews (b. 1965). A younger brother was born after his death, and his parents separated in 1994. The family lived in ...

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Cholmondeley [née Holford], Mary, Lady Cholmondeley (bap. 1563, d. 1625), litigant, was baptized on 20 January 1563 at Nether Peover, Cheshire, the daughter of Christopher Holford (d. 1581) of Holford, Cheshire, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Randle Manwaring...

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Clench, Andrew (d. 1692), physician and victim of murder, was the son of Edmund Clench of Ipswich. He matriculated from St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1663, and was created MD at Cambridge by royal mandate on 29 March 1671. Clench was admitted a candidate of the ...