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Bateman [née Harker], Mary (1768–1809), thief and poisoner, was born in Asenby, Yorkshire, the daughter of a small farmer named Harker. She evidently received a good education for one of her class, and could read and write proficiently. At the age of thirteen her father sent her into service in ...

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Biggs, Ronald Arthur [Ronnie] (1929–2013), criminal and fugitive, was born on 8 August 1929 at 37 Dalyell Road, Stockwell, south London, the youngest child in the family of four sons and one daughter of Henry Jack Biggs (1888–1965), a railway dining car steward, and his wife, ...

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Haggart, David (1801–1821), thief and murderer, was born at Golden Acre, Cannon Mills, Edinburgh, on 24 June 1801, according to his own account. He was the son of John Haggart, a dog trainer and gamekeeper. He kept the kennels and was sometimes taken as a gillie to work in the highlands for the gentry, who tipped him lavishly. It was to the fact that he early became used to having money to spend that he attributed his downfall, saying '...

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Hanratty, James Francis (1936–1962), petty criminal and convicted murderer, was born on 4 October 1936 in the County Hospital, Farnborough, near Orpington, Kent, the eldest of four sons of James Hanratty (1907–1978), labourer and dustman, and his wife, Mary Wilson.

He attended St James's Roman Catholic school...

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Peace, Charles Frederick (1832–1879), burglar and murderer, was born in Nursery Road, Sheffield, on 14 May 1832, the youngest of the four sons of John Peace, shoemaker, and his wife, the daughter of a naval surgeon. Semi-literate after a cursory schooling, he had a talent for music, being proficient enough with a violin to be billed in his teens at local places of entertainment as the '...

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Richardson, Charles William [Charlie] (1934–2012), gangster, was born on 18 January 1934 at 210 Hampton Road, Twickenham, the eldest of three sons of Charles Frederick Richardson (1909–1988), successively a fish porter, greengrocer, merchant seaman, and fitter, and his wife, Eileen Elizabeth Mary, née...