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Clay, Marcy [alias Jenny Fox] (d. 1665), highwaywoman and thief, is said to have been born in Dorset, the daughter of travelling pedlars. The anonymous pamphlet The High-Way Woman is the only extant biography of Marcy and no other evidence has yet come to light to corroborate its claims. It describes how, at the age of fifteen, ...

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Freney, James (d. 1788), highwayman and burglar, was born in Inistiogue, co. Kilkenny, the son of John Freney, a servant and bailiff, and Alice Phelon, a servant. He was educated privately. He married some time after 1742, and using his wife's dowry he set up a public house in ...

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Smalls, Derek Crighton [Bertie] (1937–2008), bank robber and police informant, was born on 20 May 1937 at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, London, the eldest of four children of Sidney Crighton Ethelbert Smalls (1907–1959) and his wife, Iris Anne, née Fridgen (1909–1952). He drifted into crime at an early age, and at fifteen was sentenced to a period in an approved school for breaking into a railway restaurant car. On his release he progressed to more serious criminal activity, and received convictions for living off immoral earnings and possession of a loaded gun. By the early 1970s, now with a wife and two children, a heavy drinker, prematurely balding with hair combed over, slightly overweight, and sporting a Mexican-style moustache, ...

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Voss, Jane [alias Jane Roberts] (d. 1684), highwaywoman and thief, reputedly was born in St Giles-in-the-Fields in London. The German Princess Revived, or, The London Jilt (1684), the only contemporary full-length biography of Jenny, as she was known, appears to be a highly sensationalized and romanticized account of her life and no evidence has emerged to support its claims for her early life before she reached ...