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Aram, Eugene (bap. 1704, d. 1759), murderer and philologist, was born at Ramsgill and baptized on 2 October 1704 at Middlesmoor, West Riding of Yorkshire. Little is known of his mother, but his father, Peter Aram (bap. 1667, d. 1735), employed as gardener to ...

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Beddingfield [née Rowe, Row], Margery (bap. 1742, d. 1763), murderer, was the daughter of John Rowe or Row (c.1702–1778), a substantial Suffolk farmer, and his wife, Margery (c.1710–1756). The couple had two sons while living at Kelsale and moved to ...

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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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Channing [née Brooks], Mary (1687–1706), murderer, was born in May 1687 at Dorchester in Dorset, to Baptist parents, Richard and Elizabeth Brooks. Mary was not baptized until 17 March 1706, four days before her execution. She had one younger brother and one elder, who worked as a silversmith. On 15 January 1705 she married ...

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Churchill [alias Miller], Deborah (1677/1682–1708), murderer, was born 6 miles from Norwich, either in 1682, according to the account by Paul Lorrain, or in 1677, as claimed by Captain Johnson in his account of her life. She became an infamous prostitute and pickpocket, working in and around ...

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Enoch ap Evan (c. 1599–1633), murderer, was born at Clun, Shropshire, the elder son of Edward ap Evan (d. 1633), yeoman, and his wife, Joan (c.1561–1633). Enoch and his brother John (c.1602–1633) helped their father farm his holding, and ...

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Foulkes, Robert (bap. 1634, d. 1679), Church of England clergyman and murderer, was born at Mallwyd, Montgomeryshire, and baptized on 19 March 1634 at St Tydecho's church there. Nothing is known about his parents. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating in November 1652, and subsequently became a clergyman. On 7 September 1657 he married ...

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Goodere, Samuel (1687–1741), naval officer and murderer, was born in Charleton, Worcestershire, the youngest son of the three sons and a daughter of Sir Edward Goodere, third baronet (b. in or after 1649, d. 1739), of Burhope, Herefordshire, and his wife, Eleanor...

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James Hackman (bap. 1752, d. 1779) by Robert Laurie, pubd 1779 (after R. Dighton) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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See Herbert, Philip, first earl of Montgomery and fourth earl of Pembroke

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Hindley, Myra (1942–2002), murderer, was born on 23 July 1942 at 123 Crescent Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, the elder daughter of Robert Hindley, an army paratrooper and building labourer, and his wife, Nellie, née Maybury, a machinist. After the birth of her sister, Maureen...

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Kent, Constance Emilie (1844–1944), convicted fratricide, was born on 6 February 1844, at Cliff Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon, ninth child of Samuel Savill Kent (1801–1872), sub-inspector of factories in west England, and his first wife, Mary Ann (1809–1852), daughter of Thomas Windus, a Bishopsgate...

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King, Robert, second earl of Kingston (1754–1799), accused murderer and property developer, was the eldest son of Edward King, first earl of Kingston (1726–1797), then MP for Boyle and later for co. Sligo, and his wife, Jane (d. 1784), illegitimate daughter of ...

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Rattenbury [née Wolfe], Alma Victoria (1897/8–1935), accused murderer, was born probably in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of a goldmining prospector named Wolfe (who subsequently disappeared) and his wife, Elizabeth, reputedly a relative of W. G. Grace. After her mother's remarriage ...

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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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Laurence Shirley, fourth Earl Ferrers (1720–1760) by Anthony Walker © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stewart, Allan [known as Allan Breck Stewart] (fl. 1745–1752), Jacobite sympathizer and accused murderer, was the son of Donald Stewart, also known as Vic Ian Vic Allister, sometime of Inverchomrie in Rannoch. He was probably born in Rannoch but was brought up not by his father but at ...

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Thompson [née Graydon], Edith Jessie (1893–1923), murder trial protagonist, was born on 25 December 1893 at 97 Norfolk Road in Dalston, London, the first of the five children of William Eustace Graydon (1867–1941), a clerk with the Imperial Tobacco Company, and his wife, ...

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Thrift, John (d. 1752), public executioner and murderer, is of unknown origins and nothing is yet known of his life before he became the common hangman of London. He could not write his own name. His wife, whom he had married by 1748, was named ...