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Donally, James (fl. 1779–1784), blackmailer  

Simon Devereaux

Donally, James (fl. 1779–1784), blackmailer, is obscure in both his origins and ultimate fate. He warrants attention primarily because his trial and conviction established a striking legal precedent that was indicative of gender anxieties in late eighteenth-century Britain. On 18 January 1779 Donally...


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Pigott, Richard (1828–1889), journalist and blackmailer  

Marie-Louise Legg

Pigott, Richard (1828–1889), journalist and blackmailer, was born at Ratoath, co. Meath, the youngest son of George Pigott; his mother is believed to have come from Roscommon. His father, initially a clerk to a Dublin coach proprietor, worked for The Tablet newspaper. Richard Pigott's...


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Rachman, Peter (1920?–1962)  

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Peter Rachman (1920?–1962) by unknown photographer, 1960 © Popperfoto


Rachman, Peter [Perec] (1920?–1962), racketeer  

Richard Davenport-Hines

Rachman, Peter [Perec] (1920?–1962), racketeer, was born at Lwów, Poland, son of David Rachman, a dental surgeon, who, together with his wife, vanished in the holocaust. After the Nazi invasion of Poland, Rachman was forced onto a road-building chain-gang and later captured by Russians, who starved him. He arrived in ...


Westmacott, Charles Molloy (1787/8–1868), journalist and blackmailer  

Manfred Draudt

Westmacott, Charles Molloy (1787/8–1868), journalist and blackmailer, was apparently the illegitimate second son of Richard (Dick) Westmacott (bap. 1746, d. 1808), sculptor, whose name he took, and of Susannah Molloy, a 'pretty widow' and innkeeper, though his enemies alleged he was the son of ...