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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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Douglas [formerly Stewart], Archibald James Edward, first Baron Douglas (1748–1827), litigant and politician, the son of Sir John Stewart of Grandtully, third baronet (1687–1764), and his wife, Lady Jane Douglas (1698–1753), was born on 10 July 1748 at faubourg St Germain, Paris...

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Erskine [née Chiesley, Cheislie], Rachel, Lady Grange (bap. 1679, d. 1745), victim of abduction, was the daughter of John Cheislie (d. 1689) of Dalry and Margaret Nicholson; she was baptized on 4 February 1679 at Edinburgh. On 31 March 1689 her father shot dead ...

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Fletcher, Yvonne Joyce (1958–1984), police officer, was born on 15 June 1958 at 4 Kingsettle Estate, Semley, Wiltshire, the eldest of four daughters of Michael Henry James Fletcher, timber feller, and his wife, Queenie May, née Troke. Brought up in Semley, where she sang in the church choir, she was educated nearby at ...

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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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Lindow Man (fl. 1st cent.?), victim of ritual sacrifice, colloquially named Pete Marsh or the Body in the Bog, was found in Lindow Moss, near Wilmslow, Cheshire, in August 1984. A Celt, probably of the Brigantes tribe, he was a ritual sacrifice whose remains were deposited in a peat bog. The skin, hair, fingernails, bone collagen, and some internal organs had been preserved by the tannins of the sphagnum moss....

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Longworth, Maria Theresa (1833–1881), plaintiff in a case of disputed marriage and author, was born at Cheetwood, near Manchester, the youngest of six children of Thomas Longworth, silk manufacturer, and his wife, Ann, née Fox. Thomas Longworth's business, and at one time his residence also, was in a large house at the corner of ...

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Peach, (Clement) Blair (1946–1979), schoolteacher and victim of police brutality, was born on 25 March 1946 in New Zealand. He was educated at the Victoria University of Wellington, where he was co-editor of a literary magazine, Argot. Following graduation he took a series of jobs (including as a hospital orderly) before emigrating to ...

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Pickering, Thomas (1621?–1679), Benedictine monk and victim of the Popish Plot, was probably born in 1621 as a member of the Pickering family of the barony of Kendal in Westmorland. His father was killed during the civil wars. He made his profession as a lay brother of ...

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Ray, Martha (1742?–1779), singer and murder victim, was born near Covent Garden, London, probably in 1742, though some sources suggest 1745. When she was about fourteen her father, a stay maker, apprenticed her for five years to Mrs Sarah Silver, a maker of mantuas (cloaks) in ...

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Thynne, Thomas [nicknamed Tom of Ten Thousand] (1647/8–1682), landowner and murder victim, was the only surviving son of Sir Thomas Thynne (1609/10–1669?) of Richmond, Surrey, and his wife, Stuart or Stuarta, daughter of Walter Balcanquhall (c. 1586–1645). He matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford...

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Williamson, Peter (1730–1799), publisher and adventurer, son of James Williamson, crofter, was born at Hirnley in the parish of Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. At the age of ten, while living with an aunt in Aberdeen, he was kidnapped by a merchant and transported to the American plantations, where he was sold for a period of seven years to a fellow countryman in ...