British Criminals

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 1 Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1865 AD
Birthplace: England

Jack the Ripper was anl unidentified serial killer who predominantly targeted female prostitutes living and working in the ghetto of the East End of London. Since the murders were never solved, Jack the Ripper became infamous folklore in England. The murders were so cleverly done that the authorities were not even able to ascertain the killer's gender.

 2 Ronald Kray

Ronald Kray
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: October 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haggerston, London, England
Died: March 17, 1995

Ronald Kray was a British criminal involved in organized crime in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. Along with his twin brother, Reggie, he ran a gang that was notorious for committing murders, armed robberies, and arson among other criminal activities. The brothers were arrested in 1968 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

 3 Reginald Kray

Reginald Kray
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: October 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England
Died: October 1, 2000
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 4 Harold Shipman

Harold Shipman
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: January 13, 2004

One of history’s most infamous serial killers, Harold Shipman was a British GP who is believed to have killed over 200 patients before being nabbed by the police. He was ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment for 15 murders but later committed suicide in prison. The case led to grave concerns about powers and the responsibilities of the Britain’s medical community.

 5 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.

 6 Blackbeard

Blackbeard
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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.

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 7 Robert Maudsley

Robert Maudsley
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toxteth, Liverpool

Robert Maudsley is an English serial killer currently serving life imprisonment at Wakefield Prison, England. He committed three of his four murders in prison, forcing the authorities to keep him in solitary confinement. Maudsley's case was sensationalized as it was claimed that he had eaten part of the brain of one of his victims, although the PCC refuted such claims.

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 8 Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bingley, England
Died: November 13, 2020

English serial killer Peter Sutcliffe was dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper as he was likened to the infamous unidentified serial killer, Jack the Ripper, by the press. Convicted of killing 13 women and injuring nine other, Peter Sutcliffe was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2000, ITV aired a crime drama miniseries based on Peter Sutcliffe's murders titled This Is Personal.

 9 Levi Bellfield

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

 10 Myra Hindley

Myra Hindley
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: July 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, England
Died: November 15, 2002

 11 Fred West

Fred West
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: September 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Much Marcle, United Kingdom
Died: January 1, 1995

Fred West was a serial killer who derived pleasure from acts, such as voyeurism, sexual assaults, murder, and various sexual fetishes that pushed his victims beyond their sexual limits. He committed murders and sexual assaults along with his wife Rose, who worked as a prostitute at their residence. Fred committed suicide at HM Prison Birmingham in 1995.

 12 Mary Bell

Mary Bell
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: May 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Mary Bell was convicted of strangling 4-year-old Martin Brown and 3-year-old Brian Howe in 1968, when she was just 11. She committed the second crime with a 13-year-old friend named Norma Joyce Bell. After she was released in 1980, after 12 years, she took up various pseudonyms.

 13 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.

 14 Donald Neilson

Donald Neilson
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Famous As: Robber, Kidnapper & Murderer
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom
Died: December 18, 2011

 15 Rosemary West

Rosemary West
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barnstaple

 16 Richard Reid

Richard Reid
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: August 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom

 17 John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan

John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: November 8, 1974

 18 Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton, United Kingdom

 19 Lenny McLean

Lenny McLean
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Famous As: Boxer, Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 28, 1998

Better known by his nickname, The Guv’nor, boxer Lenny McLean had also been a nightclub bouncer and was held in high regard by the criminal world. He had even served prison time for petty crimes. While he participated in unlicensed boxing for money, he later turned to acting.

 20 Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Died: July 13, 1955

 21 Samantha Lewthwaite

Samantha Lewthwaite
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Famous As: Suspected Terrorist
Birthdate: December 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Banbridge, United Kingdom
Died: November 12, 2014

Called the ‘white widow’, British national Samantha Lewthwaite is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. She has been linked to the Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab and was reportedly involved in the 2013 Nairobi Westgate shopping mall terror attack. She is the widow of one of the four suicide bombers who carried out the July 2005 London subway terror attacks.

 22 Ronald Biggs

Ronald Biggs
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Famous As: Robber
Birthdate: August 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stockwell, Lambeth, London, England
Died: December 18, 2013

 23 Peter Tobin

Peter Tobin
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: June 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Johnstone, United Kingdom

 24 Bruce Reynolds

Bruce Reynolds
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: September 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: February 28, 2013

Bruce Reynolds was a British criminal who was the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery in 1963. Although he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1969, Reynolds was released in 1978 post which he published three books and became a popular public figure, performing alongside Alabama 3. His life and career have inspired several films and TV series.

 25 Leslie Grantham

Leslie Grantham
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: June 15, 2018

 26 Calico Jack

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

 27 Jihadi John

Jihadi John
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Al Jahra, Kuwait
Died: November 12, 2015

 28 Henry Every

Henry Every
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: August 23, 1659
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newton Ferrers, England
Died: April 22, 1699

 29 William Kidd

William Kidd
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1655 AD
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: May 23, 1701

 30 Anne Perry

Anne Perry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Juliet Hulme, better known as Anne Perry, is the bestselling author of the widely popular William Monk and Thomas Pitt series of novels. She changed her name after a 5-year sentence for killing her friend’s mother at age 15. She has also worked as a flight attendant.

 31 Henry Morgan

Henry Morgan
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Famous As: Privateer, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica
Birthdate: January 24, 1635
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Llanrumney, Glamorgan
Died: August 25, 1688

Henry Morgan was a Welsh privateer who later served as lieutenant governor of Jamaica. He is best remembered for raiding settlements on the Spanish Main. From the wealth acquired through his raids, Morgan became a plantation owner, buying three large sugar plantations in the Caribbean. His life and career inspired several films, such as Captain Blood and Morgan, the Pirate.

 32 Beverley Allitt

Beverley Allitt
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Beverley Allitt is an English serial child killer, convicted ,of murdering four children and grievously injuring several others. Previously employed as a State Enrolled Nurse, she attacked 13 children over a 59-day period, out of which four died. She received 13 life sentences for the crimes and is detained at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

 33 Mary Read

Mary Read
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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.  

 34 John Christie

John Christie
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Famous As: serial killer
Birthdate: April 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northowram
Died: July 15, 1953

 35 Charles Vane

Charles Vane
1
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of England
Died: March 29, 1721

 36 John George Haigh

John George Haigh
2
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Died: August 10, 1949

 37 Dick Turpin

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

 38 Amelia Dyer

Amelia Dyer
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: June 11, 1897

 39 Benjamin Hornigold

Benjamin Hornigold
1
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: July 18, 1680
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
Died: 1719 AD

 40 Max Clifford

Max Clifford
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Famous As: Publicist
Birthdate: April 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK
Died: December 10, 2017

 41 Dale Cregan

Dale Cregan
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: June 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tameside

 42 Samuel Bellamy

Samuel Bellamy
1
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: February 23, 1689
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: April 26, 1717

 43 Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton
5
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Low Moorsley, England
Died: March 24, 1873

 44 John Bodkin Adams

John Bodkin Adams
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Famous As: Physician, Serial killer
Birthdate: January 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Randalstown
Died: July 4, 1983

Not many suspected physician John Bodkin Adams of being a serial killer till it was revealed that his name had appeared in the wills of at least 132 of his patients who had died, while 163 died in coma. Though never convicted of the killings, he faced punishment for forgery.

 45 Curtis Warren

Curtis Warren
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: May 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toxteth

 46 Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: December 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 47 Roy Shaw

Roy Shaw
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Famous As: Boxer, Criminal
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stepney, London, United Kingdom
Died: July 14, 2012

Known by nicknames such as Pretty Boy and Mean Machine, boxer Roy Shaw was once imprisoned for a violent robbery but escaped by stealing the prison doctor’s car and then fought under the pseudonym Roy West. He eventually spent 18 years in prison for robbery. He also experimented with the property business.

 48 Graham Young

Graham Young
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: September 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neasden, London, United Kingdom
Died: August 1, 1990

 49 Howard Marks

Howard Marks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales, UK
Died: April 10, 2016

An Oxford alumnus, Dennis Howard Marks was an aspiring teacher before chose the world of drugs. He went from consuming cannabis to selling it, and was eventually jailed for 7 years. He used numerous pseudonyms, such as Mr. Nice and Marco Polo, and also penned a bestselling memoir.

 50 James Hanratty

James Hanratty
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England
Died: April 4, 1962