18th Century Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked 18th Century Criminals

 1 
Blackbeard
(Pirate)

Blackbeard
14
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: November 22, 1718

Blackbeard was a notorious English pirate who struck fear into the hearts of his opponents during the early 18th century. His life has inspired several video games, TV miniseries, and films. Tim Powers' novel On Stranger Tides houses a fictionalized version of Blackbeard; the novel was later adapted into a film titled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

 2 
Anne Bonny
(Pirate)

Anne Bonny
10
Birthdate: March 8, 1697
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: March 31, 1721

Irish pirate Anne Bonny is considered one of the most famous female pirates of all time. She operated in the Caribbean in the early 18th century. As a teenager, she became the partner and lover of the notorious English pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham. She was captured in 1720 when she was pregnant. Her fate remains unknown. 

 3 
Delphine LaLaurie
(Serial killer)

Delphine LaLaurie
12
Birthdate: March 19, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 7, 1849
Delphine LaLaurie, also known as Marie Delphine Macarty or Madame Blanque, was a socialite from New Orleans who tortured and killed countless slaves in her Royal Street mansion. Her crimes were discovered after a fire at her mansion. An outraged mob subsequently destroyed the house, while she left New Orleans.
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 4 
Marquis de Sade
(Novelist, Philosopher)

Marquis de Sade
5
Birthdate: June 2, 1740
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 2, 1814
Marquis de Sade is remembered for his erotic books such as The 120 Days of Sodom. He was known for his peculiar way of deriving sexual pleasure by torturing his victims, now known as “sadism.” He was jailed for several years for sexual abuse against men, women, and children. 

 5 
Ching Shih
(Pirate)

Ching Shih
3
Birthdate: September 16, 1775
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Xinhui, Guangdong, Qing China
Died: December 21, 1844

Ching Shih went from being a prostitute who worked in a Canton brothel to a notorious pirate who controlled the Red Flag Fleet. Legend has it that pirate Zhèng Yi, or Cheng I, had married Ching Shih when he raided her brothel, and she had then taken over his fleet.

 6 
Calico Jack
(Pirate)

Calico Jack
4
Birthdate: December 26, 1682
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: November 18, 1720

 7 

Benjamin Hornigold
3
Birthdate: July 18, 1680
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
Died: 1719 AD
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 8 
Mary Read
(Pirates)

Mary Read
2
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: April 28, 1721

A legendary female pirate of the early eighteenth century, Mary Read took to piracy when her ship was seized by Jack Rackham in West Indies. By then, she had started dressing as a man and had served in the military, which might have helped her to become a successful buccaneer. Captured in 1720, she died in prison five months later.  

 9 
Jean Lafitte
(Pirate)

Jean Lafitte
1
Birthdate: September 25, 1780
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Biarritz, France
Died: 1823 AD

 10 

Bartholomew Roberts
5
Birthdate: May 17, 1682
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Puncheston, United Kingdom
Died: February 10, 1722

 11 

Samuel Bellamy
3
Birthdate: February 23, 1689
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: April 26, 1717

 12 

Robert-François Damiens
2
Birthdate: January 9, 1715
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Thieuloye, Artois, France
Died: March 28, 1757

 13 
Jonathan Wild
(Criminal)

Jonathan Wild
2
Birthdate: May 6, 1683
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Died: May 24, 1725

 14 
Louis Buchalter
(Gangster)

Louis Buchalter
2
Birthdate: February 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: March 4, 1944

 15 
Stede Bonnet
(Pirate)

Stede Bonnet
0
Birthdate: 1688 AD
Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados
Died: December 10, 1718

 16 

Juraj Jánošík
0
Birthdate: 1688 AD, 1688
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terchová, Slovakia
Died: March 17, 1713

 17 

Olivier Levasseur
0
Birthdate: 1689 AD
Birthplace: Calais, France
Died: July 7, 1730

 18 
William Brodie
(Criminal, Politician)

William Brodie
0
Birthdate: September 28, 1741
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 1, 1788

William Brodie was a Scottish cabinet-maker, Edinburgh city councilor, and deacon of a trades guild. Brodie was also a housebreaker, a secret which he maintained almost all his life. He used the stolen money to fund his gambling habit and to maintain the household of his two mistresses. He was captured in 1788 and was sentenced to death by hanging.

 19 

Marie-Josephte Corriveau
0
Birthdate: 1733 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Vallier, Canada
Died: April 18, 1763

 20 
Charles Vane
(Pirate)

Charles Vane
10
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: March 29, 1771

 21 
Lewis Hutchinson
(Serial killer)

Lewis Hutchinson
0
Birthdate: 1733 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: March 16, 1773

 22 
William Burke
(Criminal)

William Burke
5
Birthdate: 1792 AD
Birthplace: Urney, Ireland
Died: January 28, 1829

 23 

Eugène François Vidocq
0
Birthdate: July 24, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arras, France
Died: May 11, 1857

 24 
Dick Turpin
(Highwayman)

Dick Turpin
7
Birthdate: September 21, 1705
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hempstead, United Kingdom
Died: April 7, 1739

 25 

Giuseppe Marco Fieschi
0
Birthdate: December 13, 1790
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bocognano, France
Died: February 19, 1836

 26 
Thug Behram
(Serial killer)

Thug Behram
13
Birthdate: 1765 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 1840 AD

 27 

Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova
37
Birthdate: March 22, 1730
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russia
Died: December 27, 1801

Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was a noblewoman, serial killer, and sadist. She achieved notoriety for torturing and killing at least 38 female serfs. Since she was well-connected with the Russian nobility and with those in power at the royal court, Darya got away with many of her murders until she was found guilty in a trial organized by Empress Catherine II.

 28 

James Plaintain
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jamaica

 29 
Henry Jennings
(Former privateer-turned-pirate, ship captain, landowner)

Henry Jennings
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1745 AD

 30 
Hezekiah Frith
(Successful shipowner during the 1780s and 1790s)

Hezekiah Frith
0
Birthdate: 1763 AD
Birthplace: Bermuda
Died: 1848 AD

 31 
Sally Basset
(Declared guilty and burned at the stake in June 1730 for the poisoning of three individuals)

Sally Basset
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: June 21, 1730

 32 
John Bowen
(Was a pirate of Créole origin active during the Golden Age of Piracy)

John Bowen
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bermuda
Died: 1704 AD

 33 
Samuel Hall Lord
(One of the most famous buccaneers on the island of Barbados)

Samuel Hall Lord
0
Birthdate: 1778 AD
Birthplace: Unkown
Died: November 5, 1844

 34 
William Fly
(Pirate)

William Fly
1
Birthdate: 1699 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: July 12, 1726

 35 

Olga Konstantinovna Briscorn
4
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: March 30, 1836

 36 

Gesche Gottfried
4
Birthdate: March 6, 1785
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Died: April 21, 1831

 37 
Barbara Erni
(Known for stealing from inns throughout western Europe using a confidence trick)

Barbara Erni
1
Birthdate: February 15, 1743
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Feldkirch, Austria
Died: February 26, 1785

 38 
Samuel Terry
(Philanthropist)

Samuel Terry
3
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 22, 1838