18th Century Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked Criminals

 1 Blackbeard

Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bristol
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 Marquis de Sade

Marquis de Sade
Famous As: Novelist, Philosopher
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. 
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 3 Delphine LaLaurie

Delphine LaLaurie
Famous As: Serial killer
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.

 4 William Burke

William Burke
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1792 AD
Birthplace: Urney, Ireland
Died: January 28, 1829

 5 Calico Jack

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

 6 Mary Read

Mary Read
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Birthplace: London, Kingdom of 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.  

 7 Charles Vane

Charles Vane
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of England
Died: March 29, 1721
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 8 Benjamin Hornigold

Benjamin Hornigold
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: Norfolk
Died: 1719 AD

 9 Samuel Bellamy

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

 10 Jean Lafitte

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

 11 Dick Turpin

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

 12 Bartholomew Roberts

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

 13 Louis Buchalter

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

 14 Robert-François Damiens

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

 15 Eugène François Vidocq

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

 16 Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova

Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 11, 1730
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: December 9, 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.

 17 Jonathan Wild

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

 18 Giuseppe Marco Fieschi

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

 19 Olga Konstantinovna Briscorn

Olga Konstantinovna Briscorn
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: March 30, 1836

 20 William Fly

William Fly
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1699 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: July 12, 1726

 21 Gesche Gottfried

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

 22 Samuel Terry

Samuel Terry
Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 22, 1838

 23 William Brodie

William Brodie
Famous As: Criminal, Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1741
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 1, 1788

 24 Thug Behram

Thug Behram
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 1765 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 1840 AD

 25 Stede Bonnet

Stede Bonnet
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1688 AD
Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados
Died: December 10, 1718

 26 Olivier Levasseur

Olivier Levasseur
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1689 AD
Birthplace: Calais, France
Died: July 7, 1730

 27 Marie-Josephte Corriveau

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

 28 Lewis Hutchinson

Lewis Hutchinson
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 1733 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: March 16, 1773

 29 Juraj Jánošík

Juraj Jánošík
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: December 31, 1688
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terchová, Slovakia
Died: March 17, 1713