21st Century Criminals

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 1 Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar.
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: August 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States

A convicted sex offender, Larry Nassar was once the USA Gymnastics national team doctor. He is a former professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. At least 250 young women and girls have accused him of sexual assault. He is currently in prison on charges of sexual assault of minors and child pornography.

 2 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes.
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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Elizabeth Holmes is a former businesswoman who is credited with founding the now-defunct health technology company Theranos . It was later revealed that Elizabeth Holmes had deceived her investors with false claims. The rise and fall of her company inspired a book titled Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.

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 3 Mohammed Omar

Mohammed Omar.
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died: April 23, 2013

 4 Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S

A former professional boxer who reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion for three years, Mike Tyson is considered a colossal figure in boxing. Claiming his first heavyweight title at the young age of 20, he went on to become one of the best heavyweights of all time. Also a controversial person, he was once imprisoned on rape charges.

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 5 Charles Manson

Charles Manson.
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Famous As: Criminal and Murderer
Birthdate: November 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: November 19, 2017

Criminal and cult leader Charles Manson was the leader of the notorious Manson Family, a criminal cult that committed a series of murders in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was arrested and imprisoned many times in his life and died in 2017 while serving his life sentence at California State Prison.

 6 Robert Durst

Robert Durst.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York,City New York

Robert Durst is a real estate heir and suspected killer of three people, including his first wife Kathleen McCormack Durst and longtime friend Susan Berman. The events surrounding Durst's trial have inspired films and TV series like All Good Things and The Jinx. His life also inspired the book A Deadly Secret, which was later adapted into a TV film.

 7 Dennis Nilsen

Dennis Nilsen.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: May 12, 2018

Dennis Nilsen was a Scottish necrophile and serial killer who killed at least 12 boys and young men between 1978 and 1983. Also known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, Nilsen committed these crimes in London, England, where he would lure his victims into his house before strangulating them to death. He was convicted in 1983 of six counts of murder.

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 8 Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: June 7, 2013

American serial killer, rapist, and burglar, Richard Ramirez terrorised the people of California, primarily Los Angeles, between 1984 and 1985 before being eventually captured by the police. The brutal criminal, also known as Night Stalker, was finally found guilty of 43 charges, including 13 murders and was sentenced to death. While on a death row, he died of cancer. 

 9 Joaquín Guzmán Loera

Joaquín Guzmán Loera
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Tuna, Mexico

 10 Joseph James DeAngelo

Joseph James DeAngelo.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bath, New York

Joseph James DeAngelo is an American serial killer, rapist and burglar who carried out his crimes for many years in 1970s and 1980s and was finally captured by the police in 2018. The former police officer and auto mechanic, who was known by various names like Golden State Killer and Visalia Ransacker, was sentenced to life in prison in 2020.

 11 Gary Ridgway

Gary Ridgway.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Nicknamed “the Green River Killer,” Gary Ridgway is a serial killer convicted of killing 49 women by driving them to remote locations, strangling them, and then disposing of their bodies in the Green River. DNA technology helped the police nab him. He had served in the Vietnam War earlier.

 12 Akhtar Mohammad Mansour

Akhtar Mohammad Mansour
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Maiwand, Afghanistan
Died: May 21, 2016

 13 Anders Behring Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik.
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Anders Behring Breivik, or Andrew Berwick, is a Norwegian terrorist who bombed eight people in Oslo and then shot dead 69 people at a AUF summer camp on the island of Utøya. The incident, known as the 2011 Norway Attacks, led to him being sent to jail for 21 years.

 14 Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Troy, Michigan, United States
Died: October 9, 2002

Sexually and physically assaulted by her own grandfather during her childhood and teenage years, Aileen Wuornos took to prostitution to support herself. From becoming pregnant at age 14 to engaging in sexual activities in exchange for drugs, Aileen's early life played a major role in turning her into a serial killer. Her story eventually became quite famous in popular culture.

 15 Jared Fogle

Jared Fogle
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

 16 Luka Magnotta

Luka Magnotta.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scarborough, Canada

Luka Magnotta is a Canadian convicted murderer and former pornographic film actor. He was arrested for murdering Jun Lin, an international student from Wuhan. The murder was sensationalized by the media as Luka Magnotta mailed the victim's feet and hands to federal political party offices and elementary schools. The murder inspired a three-part documentary series titled Don't F**k with Cats.

 17 Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisiana
Gypsy Rose Blanchard came in the public eye after she teamed up with her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to murder her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Dee Dee was suffering from Munchausen syndrome, which made her create an illusion that Gypsy suffered from several chronic illnesses, whereas Gypsy was a normal child.

 18 Orlando Anderson

Orlando Anderson
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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States
Died: May 29, 1998

 19 Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier
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Famous As: Criminals
Birthdate: December 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: June 19, 2017

 20 Yolanda Saldívar

Yolanda Saldívar.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Yolanda Saldívar is serving a sentence for the murder of Latin pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in March 1995. Yolanda managed Selena’s fan club and fashion boutiques and was fired for embezzling money from both. When Selena confronted her, Yolanda refused to submit the financial records and shot her to death.

 21 Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli.
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: March 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Martin Shkreli, founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, received a 7-year prison sentence for securities fraud after he secured the manufacturing license for Daraprim and raised its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He had bought the only copy of the album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

 22 Levi Bellfield

Levi Bellfield.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: May 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isleworth, London, England

 23 Eric Rudolph

Eric Rudolph.
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: September 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Merritt Island, Florida, United States

Eric Rudolph is a terrorist convicted for a series of bombings in the southern US between 1996 and 1998. He is also known as the Olympic Park Bomber. He was listed as one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives for five years before being captured. He is currently incarcerated at the ADX Florence Supermax prison. 

 24 Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

 25 John Hinckley Jr.

John Hinckley Jr..
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Birthdate: May 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States
Obsessed with actor Jodie Foster, John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan to impress her. Reagan survived the attack. Hinckley was sent to psychiatric care, after being found not guilty, due to insanity. Public outrage over the incident led to the passage of the Insanity Defense Reform Act.

 26 Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco.
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: February 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia
Died: September 3, 2012
Griselda Blanco, also known as La Madrina and the Black Widow, was the first billionaire female drug lord. As part of the Medellin Cartel, she smuggled cocaine from Colombia into Miami, New York, and Southern California. She spent 15 years in jail and was shot dead by an unidentified motorcyclist.

 27 Leslie Van Houten

Leslie Van Houten.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Altadena, California, United States

Leslie Van Houten is a convicted murderer. A former member of the infamous Manson Family, Houten played a major role in the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969. Since her highly publicized court trials, Leslie Van Houten has been portrayed in several films; she has been played by actresses like Kristen Hager, Tania Raymonde, Greer Grammer, Hannah Murray, and Victoria Pedretti.

 28 Steven Avery

Steven Avery.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States

Steven Avery is an American murderer who was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach. He was previously convicted in 1986 of attempted murder, only to be acquitted in 2003. His 2003 exoneration encouraged the enactment of the Criminal Justice Reform Bill, which aims at preventing wrongful convictions. His 2007 murder trial inspired the series Making a Murderer.

 29 Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht.
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: March 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Texas
Ross Ulbricht, or "Dread Pirate Roberts,” created the dark market site Silk Road, which let people make anonymous drug deals, using bitcoins. He was eventually convicted of a number of crimes, including hacking and money laundering, and was sentenced to a double life imprisonment plus 40 years without parole.

 30 Issei Sagawa

Issei Sagawa.
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Famous As: Public orator
Birthdate: April 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Issei Sagawa is a Japanese murderer, necrophile, and cannibal. He garnered international attention when he murdered, mutilated, cannibalized, and raped Renée Hartevelt's corpse for several days in Paris in 1981. Although he was arrested, Sagawa was released two years later after being found legally insane. Issei Sagawa has been the subject of many documentary films.

 31 Tamara Samsonova

Tamara Samsonova
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uzhur, Russia

 32 Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Wayne Williams is an American serial killer currently serving life imprisonment for the murders of two men in Atlanta, Georgia. Although he is convicted of only two murders, Wayne Williams is suspected to have committed at least 23 of the 30 murders that took place in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. His chilling story has inspired TV series and films.

 33 Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands

Currently serving a 28-year sentence for robbing and killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores in Peru in 2010, Dutch criminal Joran van der Sloot is currently also facing a probable 18-year sentence for smuggling drugs hidden in vegetables. He is allegedly also associated with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

 34 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: October 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zarqa, Jordan
Died: June 7, 2006
Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ran a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. He led many attacks on American troops during the Iraq War and formed the Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. He came to be known as the Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers

 35 Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
Died: March 15, 2011

 36 Carlos Lehder

Carlos Lehder.
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: September 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Armenia, Colombia

German-Colombian drug kingpin Carlos Lehder, co-founder of the Medellín Cartel, which smuggled cocaine into the U.S., formed the Muerte a Secuestradores, to fight against the kidnappings of his cartel members. He escaped from the kidnappers but spent a 33-year sentence in the U.S., following which he was released.

 37 Diane Downs

Diane Downs.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Diane Downs killed her own daughter in 1983. She also tried killing her other children and then made up a story about how a man had tried carjacking her and had shot her children. She was sentenced to life plus 50 years but is eligible for parole at age 65. 

 38 George Jung

George Jung.
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: August 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
George Jung, nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, smuggled cocaine into the U.S., as part of the Medellín Cartel, in the 1970s and the 1980s. He served a 20-year prison term for his crimes. He inspired the biopic Blow and contributed to the fictional account of his life story, Heavy

 39 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

 40 Andrea Yates

Andrea Yates.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hallsville, Texas, United States

Andrea Yates is an American woman who confessed to killing her five children by drowning them in her bathtub in 2001. Although she was initially sentenced to life in prison, she was acquitted in 2006 as she was found not guilty by reason of insanity; it was revealed that she had been suffering from postpartum psychosis, postpartum depression, and schizophrenia.

 41 Anna Delvey

Anna Delvey.
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Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: 1991 AD
Russian-born German citizen Anna Sorokin made headlines when she was convicted of duping people by posing as a fictitious heiress named Anna Delvey. She would dine at fancy restaurants and check into luxury hotels, making her companions pay for her and then wouldn’t pay them back. She inspired a Netflix drama.

 42 Robert Pickton

Robert Pickton.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: October 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Coquitlam
Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton was convicted of murdering six women and later charged with the murders of 20 more women, mostly from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The latter charges were stayed. He received a life sentence without parole for 25 years. He wrote a controversial autobiography, too.

 43 Charles Harrelson

Charles Harrelson.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lovelady, Texas, U.S.
Died: March 15, 2007

Charles Harrelson was a hitman who was convicted of assassinating John H. Wood Jr., a U.S. federal judge. Harrelson was the father of Woody Harrelson, who became an actor later, though Harrelson mostly remained estranged from his son. Harrelson's story inspired the 10-episode podcast Son of a Hitman.

 44 The Long Island Serial Killer

The Long Island Serial Killer
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 45 Terry Nichols

Terry Nichols.
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: April 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lapeer, Michigan, United States
Terry Nichols is a convicted terrorist who was part of the Oklahoma City bombing, along with co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, whom he had met while working with the U.S. Army. Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without parole and remains incarcerated at ADX Florence, a high-security prison in Colorado.

 46 Amy Fisher

Amy Fisher
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

Amy Fisher, who came to be known as The Long Island Lolita, made headlines when in 1992, she shot and injured Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco. After serving her sentence, she released sex tapes and books such as If I Knew Then.

 47 Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony.
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Famous As: Army Leader
Birthdate: July 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uganda Protectorate

Ugandan insurgent, Joseph Kony, is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group. He is a self-proclaimed spokesperson of God and a spirit medium. Government entities have accused him of abducting children to make them child soldiers and sex slaves. He was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2005 by the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

 48 Michael Jace

Michael Jace
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States

 49 Seung-Hui Cho

Seung-Hui Cho.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Onyang 4(sa)-dong, Asan-si, South Korea
Died: April 16, 2007

Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 29 others in the infamous Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007. He was a South Korean-born immigrant who studied at the university and had been known to suffer from mental issues. He committed suicide before the police could reach him.

 50 Mark Thatcher

Mark Thatcher.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom

Mark Thatcher is the son of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. For the major part of his career as a businessman, Thatcher was accused of using his mother's position to gain an upper hand, especially in the Al-Yamamah arms deal. In 2005, he was convicted for funding the 2004 Wonga Coup in South Africa.