British Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked British Criminals

 1 
Jack the Ripper
(Serial killer)

Jack the Ripper
51
Birthdate: 0000 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 
Blackbeard
(Pirate)

Blackbeard
18
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.

 3 
Harold Shipman
(Serial Killer)

Harold Shipman
55
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.

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 4 
Peter Sutcliffe
(Serial Killer)

Peter Sutcliffe
47
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.

 5 
Ronald Kray
(Gangster Involved in Organised Crime in the East End of London, England, from the late 1950s to 1967)

Ronald Kray
27
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.

 6 
Fred West
(Serial Killer)

Fred West
37
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.

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 7 
Mary Bell
(Murder Convict)

Mary Bell
13
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.
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 8 
Dennis Nilsen
(Serial Killer)

Dennis Nilsen
46
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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 9 
Mary Ann Cotton
(Serial Killer)

Mary Ann Cotton
20
Birthdate: October 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Low Moorsley, England
Died: March 24, 1873

 10 
Amelia Dyer
(Serial Killer)

Amelia Dyer
19
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: June 11, 1897

 11 
Jihadi John
(British Militant Seen in Several 'ISIS' Videos Showing the Beheadings of Numerous Hostages in 2014 and 2015)

Jihadi John
11
Birthdate: August 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Al Jahra, Kuwait
Died: November 12, 2015

Jihadi John was a Kuwaiti-born British militant who is believed to have been the person seen in several ISIL videos that showcased the beheadings of numerous hostages in 2014 and 2015. In November 2015, officials from the US reported that John was hit by a drone strike and his death was confirmed in 2016 by the extremist group ISIL.

 12 
Calico Jack
(British Pirate Captain Who Operated in Cuba and in the Bahamas During the Early 18th Century)

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

Calico Jack was a British pirate captain who operated in Cuba and in the Bahamas during the early 18th century. Active towards the end of the Golden Age of Piracy, Calico Jack is best remembered for having two female pirates, including his lover Anne Bonny, as part of his crew. 

 13 
Robert Maudsley
(Serial Killer)

Robert Maudsley
16
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.

 14 
Charles Salvador
(British criminal who has been referred to in the British press as the "most violent prisoner in Britain" and "Britain's most notorious prisoner)

Charles Salvador
10
Birthdate: December 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Former bare knuckle boxer Charles Salvador, also known as Charles Bronson, is also a highly infamous criminal, who was once convicted for an armed robbery. Known for his violent temper, he later penned several books, one of them on fitness. He is also a talented painter and poet.

 15 
Henry Every
(English Pirate Whose Exploits Spawned Works of Literature and Inspired a Generation of Pirates)

Henry Every
9
Birthdate: August 23, 1659
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newton Ferrers, England
Died: April 22, 1699

Henry Every was an English pirate who was active during the mid-1690s. Nicknamed The King of Pirates, Every is remembered as one of the few major pirate captains to have escaped with his loot without being killed or arrested. Despite operating as a pirate for only two years, Every caught the public's imagination and inspired others to take up piracy.

 16 
Beverley Allitt
(Serial Killer)

Beverley Allitt
22
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.

 17 
Ruth Ellis
(British Nightclub Hostess and Convicted Murderer who Became the Last Woman to be Hanged in the UK)

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

 18 
Myra Hindley
(Murderer Who Raped and Killed Five Children in and Around Manchester Between 1963 and 1965)

Myra Hindley
53
Birthdate: July 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, England
Died: November 15, 2002

Myra Hindley was an English murderer accused of raping and killing five children aged between 10 and 17 along with her partner, Ian Brady. The killings, which were carried out between July 1963 and October 1965, were dubbed the Moors murders. The killings and its aftermath were dramatized and adapted into an award-winning TV film titled Longford.

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Benjamin Hornigold
3
Birthdate: July 18, 1680
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
Died: 1719 AD

 20 
John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
(English Peer Accused of Murdering the Nanny of His Children)

John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
4
Birthdate: December 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: November 8, 1974

John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan was an English peer who disappeared on 8 November 1974 after being suspected of murder. Lucan's personal problems, gambling losses, and mounting legal expenses had a dramatic effect on his life. In 1974, the nanny of Lucan's children, Sandra Rivett, was bludgeoned to death and Lucan went missing, never to be seen again.

 21 
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.  

 22 
Leslie Grantham
(English Actor Best Known for His Role of 'Dirty Den Watts' from the BBC Soap Opera 'EastEnders')

Leslie Grantham
3
Birthdate: April 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: June 15, 2018

 23 
William Kidd
(Pirate)

William Kidd
3
Birthdate: 1655 AD
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: May 23, 1701

 24 

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh
4
Birthdate: December 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 25 
Derek Bentley
(Epileptic British Man Convicted and Hanged for the Murder of a Policeman, at the Age of 19)

Derek Bentley
1
Birthdate: June 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England
Died: January 28, 1953

 26 

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

 27 
Lenny McLean
(Boxer, Actor)

Lenny McLean
2
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.

 28 
John George Haigh
(English Serial Killer Nicknamed 'The Acid Bath Murderer' Who Dissolved His Victims in Acid After Killing Them)

John George Haigh
6
Birthdate: July 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Died: August 10, 1949

 29 
Buster Edwards
(Criminal)

Buster Edwards
0
Birthdate: January 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: November 28, 1994

 30 
Jonathan Wild
(Criminal)

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

 31 
Black Bart
(Outlaw)

Black Bart
1
Birthdate: 1829 AD
Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Died: January 31, 1888

Black Bart was the nickname of Charles E. Boles, an outlaw who was one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers to operate in Northern California during the 1870s and early 1880s. He was considered a “gentleman bandit” with a love for sophistication. His final robbery took place in 1883, following which he was arrested. He was released in 1888. 

 32 
Curtis Warren
(Gangster)

Curtis Warren
3
Birthdate: May 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toxteth

 33 
James Hanratty
(Famous as the 'A6 Murderer' Known for Killng the Scientist 'Michael Gregsten')

James Hanratty
1
Birthdate: October 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England
Died: April 4, 1962

 34 
Owney Madden
(Gangster)

Owney Madden
1
Birthdate: December 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: April 24, 1965

 35 
Jack Sheppard
(Thief, gaol-breaker)

Jack Sheppard
0
Birthdate: March 4, 1702
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Spitalfields
Died: November 16, 1724

 36 
John Martin Scripps
(British Spree Killer Who Killed Tourists in Singapore and Thailand by Posing as a Tourist)

John Martin Scripps
6
Birthdate: December 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England
Died: April 19, 1996

 37 
Henry Morgan
(Privateer, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica)

Henry Morgan
10
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.

 38 
John Billington
(One of The Signers of 'The Mayflower Compact')

John Billington
0
Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: September 30, 1630

John Billington was an Englishman best remembered for his voyage to the New World on the famous Mayflower. He was one of the co-creators and signers of the Mayflower Compact. John Billington murdered another white settler named John Newcomen. He was tried by a jury in September 1630 and executed at the age of 40.

 39 
Claude Duval
(Highwayman)

Claude Duval
1
Birthdate: 1643 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: January 21, 1670

 40 
John Bodkin Adams
(Physician, Serial killer)

John Bodkin Adams
8
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.

 41 
John Nevison
(Highwayman)

John Nevison
0
Birthdate: 1639 AD
Birthplace: Wortley, England
Died: March 4, 1684

 42 
Dale Cregan
(British Drug Dealer Who Killed Two Female Police Officers on Duty)

Dale Cregan
23
Birthdate: June 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tameside

 43 
Mary Frith
(Criminal)

Mary Frith
1
Birthdate: 1584 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 26, 1659

 44 
Reginald Kray
(One of the Leading Perpetrators of Organized Crime in the East End, London from the late-1950s to 1967.)

Reginald Kray
23
Birthdate: October 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 1, 2000

Reginald Kray was an English gangster who was one of the leading perpetrators of organized crime in the East End of London along with his twin brother Ronald Kray. Along with their gang, which came to be known as The Firm, the identical twin brothers were involved in armed robbery, murder, arson, and protection rackets from the late-1950s to 1967.

 45 
Ghislaine Maxwell
(Socialite, Sex offender)

Ghislaine Maxwell
75
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Daughter of publishing tycoon, late Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a socialite infamous for her involvement with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Charged with sex trafficking of minor girls, she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice.

 46 

Brian Phelps
0
Birthdate: April 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chelmsford, England

 47 
Tommy Robinson
(Anti-Islam, Far-Right Activist Who Is Co-Founder of the Islamophobic Organization Called 'the English Defence League')

Tommy Robinson
16
Birthdate: November 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton, United Kingdom

Tommy Robinson is a British anti-Islam, far-right activist. The co-founder of an Islamophobic organization called the English Defence League, Robinson has been convicted on multiple counts of fraud and violence as well as other crimes. From 2017 to 2018, he also contributed as a writer for a Canadian far-right political website called Rebel News.

 48 
Buck Ruxton
(British Physician and Murderer Who Earned The Nickname 'The Savage Surgeon')

Buck Ruxton
0
Birthdate: March 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: May 12, 1936

Buck Ruxton was an Indian-born British physician and murderer best remembered for killing his common-law wife Isabella Ruxton and their housemaid Mary Jane Rogerson. These killings came to be known as the Jigsaw Murders as the bodies of his victims were severed into many pieces. The case is remembered for the forensic techniques employed to distinguish and identify the victims.

 49 
Charles Vane
(English Pirate Renowned For His Cruelty)

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

Charles Vane was an English pirate who was active during the dusk of the Golden Age of Piracy. Renowned for his cruelty, Vane often tortured and killed the sailors from the ships that he captured. Charles Vane and his crew have been portrayed in films and video games like Treasure of Pirate's Point and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. 

 50 

Francis Throckmorton
0
Birthdate: 1554 AD
Birthplace: Feckenham, England
Died: July 10, 1584