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F. H. Groome

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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 '...


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...


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 '...