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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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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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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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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 ...

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Cochrane, Kelso Benjamin (1926–1959), carpenter and murder victim, was born on 26 September 1926 in the small village of Johnson's Point, Antigua, the son of Stanley Cochrane, a carpenter and shipwright, and Johanna Valentine. He was one of eleven siblings and half-siblings. In 1942 he completed his education at the local government elementary school and began working with his father, who was renowned as one of the island's finest craftsmen. Opportunities were limited in ...

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Dighton, William (1717–1769), excise officer and murder victim, was born in 1717, though further details of his family and early life are unknown. His first post was in Gloucester in 1741; thereafter he worked in Evesham, Worcestershire, and Woodstock, Oxfordshire. By 1758 Dighton...

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Hunne, Richard (d. 1514), alleged murder victim, was a merchant tailor of the parish of St Margaret New Fish Street, London, and the son-in-law of Thomas Vincent, a leading member of the city's Lollard community. A wealthy man—Sir Thomas More later wrote that he was worth ...

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Jermy [formerly Preston], Isaac (1789–1848), judge and murder victim, was born on 23 September 1789 as Isaac Preston, the eldest son of George Preston, rector of Beeston St Lawrence, Norfolk. He was educated as a town boy at Westminster School, where his brother ...

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Lawrence, Stephen Adrian (1974–1993), murder victim, was born on 13 September 1974 at Greenwich District Hospital, the son of Neville George Lawrence (b. 1942), a jobbing tailor, builder's labourer, plasterer, and decorator, and his wife, Doreen Delcitia Graham (b. 1952), a bank clerk, part-time care assistant, office cleaner, and guide for schoolchildren with special needs. He had one younger brother and one younger sister. His parents, who had been born in ...

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Stephen Adrian Lawrence (1974–1993) by unknown photographer Rex Features