British Male Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked British Male Criminals
 1 
Jack the Ripper
(Unidentified Serial Killer Active in the East End of London in 1888)
Jack the Ripper
86
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
(Gangster Involved in Organised Crime in the East End of London, England, from the late 1950s to 1967)
Ronald Kray
40
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 
Blackbeard
(One of History’s Most Famous Pirates Who Became an Imposing Figure in American Folklore)
Blackbeard
31
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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.

 4 
Peter Sutcliffe
(British Serial Killer)
Peter Sutcliffe
68
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 
Harold Shipman
(Serial Killer)
Harold Shipman
96
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.

 6 
Fred West
(Serial Killer)
Fred West
65
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.

 7 
Charles Salvador
(British Criminal Who Has Been Referred to in the British Press as the 'Most Violent Prisoner in Britain')
Charles Salvador
18
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.

 8 
Derek Bentley
(Epileptic British Man Convicted and Hanged for the Murder of a Policeman, at the Age of 19)
Derek Bentley
2
Birthdate: June 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England
Died: January 28, 1953

Derek Bentley was 19 when he was hanged for murdering a policeman during a burglary attempt. An illiterate, he had the mental age of 11 and also suffered from epilepsy. The controversial case led to a 45-long battle for a posthumous pardon, which was granted, and then a reversal of the murder charge.

 9 
Robert Maudsley
(Serial Killer)
Robert Maudsley
17
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.

 10 
Henry Every
(English Pirate Whose Exploits Spawned Works of Literature and Inspired a Generation of Pirates)
Henry Every
10
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.

 11 
Calico Jack
(British Pirate Captain Who Operated in Cuba and in the Bahamas During the Early 18th Century)
Calico Jack
8
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. 

 12 
Benjamin Hornigold
6
Birthdate: July 18, 1680
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
Died: 1719 AD
 13 
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.

 14 
John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
(English Peer Accused of Murdering the Nanny of His Children)
John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
7
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.

 15 
Leslie Grantham
(Best Known for His Role of 'Dirty Den Watts' from the BBC Soap Opera 'EastEnders')
Leslie Grantham
5
Birthdate: April 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
Died: June 15, 2018

Best known as the villain Dirty Den from the BBC soap EastEnders, Leslie Grantham initially worked as a soldier with the Royal Fusiliers of the British Army. Convicted of the murder of a cab driver in Germany, he spent a decade in prison. He later attempted suicide as aftermath of a sex scandal.

 16 
Charles Vane
(English Pirate Renowned For His Cruelty)
Charles Vane
10
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
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. 

 17 
Samuel Bellamy
3
Birthdate: February 23, 1689
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: April 26, 1717
 18 
John Billington
(One of The Signers of 'The Mayflower Compact')
John Billington
1
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.

 19 
Bruce Reynolds
(English Criminal and the Mastermind Behind the 1963 'Great Train Robbery')
Bruce Reynolds
4
Birthdate: September 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strand, London, England
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.

 20 
John George Haigh
(English Serial Killer Nicknamed 'The Acid Bath Murderer')
John George Haigh
12
Birthdate: July 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Died: August 10, 1949

Known as the Acid Bath Murderer, John George Haigh was Known for shooting or beating his victims to death and then dissolving them in sulphuric acid. To his friends, he seemed to be a wealthy man of culture. Though he initially got away with 5 murders, he was caught after his 6th murder.

 21 
Buster Edwards
(Criminal)
Buster Edwards
2
Birthdate: January 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: November 28, 1994
 22 
Jonathan Wild
(Criminal)
Jonathan Wild
3
Birthdate: May 6, 1683
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Died: May 24, 1725
 23 
John Bodkin Adams
(Physician, Serial killer)
John Bodkin Adams
11
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.

 24 
Jack Sheppard
(Thief, gaol-breaker)
Jack Sheppard
0
Birthdate: March 4, 1702
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Spitalfields
Died: November 16, 1724
 25 
William Kidd
(Pirate)
William Kidd
7
Birthdate: 1655 AD
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: May 23, 1701
 26 
John Nevison
(Highwayman)
John Nevison
0
Birthdate: 1639 AD
Birthplace: Wortley, England
Died: March 4, 1684
 27 
Henry Jennings
(Former privateer-turned-pirate, ship captain, landowner)
Henry Jennings
1
Birthplace: England
Died: 1745 AD
 28 
Muktar Said Ibrahim
(Involvement in the attempted 21 July attacks on London's public transport system in 2005)
Muktar Said Ibrahim
0
Birthdate: January 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eritrea
 29 
Tommy Robinson
(Anti-Islam, Far-Right Activist Who Is Co-Founder of the Islamophobic Organization Called 'the English Defence League')
Tommy Robinson
21
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.

 30 
Owney Madden
(Gangster)
Owney Madden
3
Birthdate: December 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: April 24, 1965
 31 
Graham Young
(Serial killer)
Graham Young
17
Birthdate: September 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neasden, London, United Kingdom
Died: August 1, 1990
 32 
Brian Phelps
1
Birthdate: April 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chelmsford, England
 33 
Dale Cregan
(British Drug Dealer Who Killed Two Female Police Officers on Duty)
Dale Cregan
26
Birthdate: June 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tameside

British drug dealer Dale Cregan had started dealing in cannabis soon after high school. He was later convicted of killing 2 female police officers, the first case in the UK in which 2 female cops were killed on duty. He was also known as One Eye because of his missing left eye.

 34 
Jihadi John
(British Militant Seen in Several 'ISIS' Videos Showing the Beheadings of Numerous Hostages in 2014 and 2015)
Jihadi John
30
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.

 35 
Levi Bellfield
(British Serial Killer Who Was Found Guilty of Murdering Three Women)
Levi Bellfield
41
Birthdate: May 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isleworth, London, England

Levi Bellfield is an English sex offender, serial killer, rapist, burglar, and kidnapper. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008 after he was found guilty of the murders of Amélie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell. Levi Bellfield is currently imprisoned at HM Prison Frankland. The investigation that led to Levi Bellfield's arrest was dramatized in a TV drama titled Manhunt.

 36 
John Felton
(British Soldier Who Assassinated George Villiers, 1st Duke Of Buckingham)
John Felton
2
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Suffolk, England
Died: November 29, 1628

John Felton was a British soldier who served as a lieutenant in the British Army. He is best remembered for assassinating George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham on 23 August 1628. Buckingham was unpopular due to his incompetence and corruption and his murder was rejoiced in England. In 1844, the murder was fictionalized in Alexandre Dumas' novel, The Three Musketeers.

 37 
Edward Paisnel
(Sex Offender)
Edward Paisnel
0
Birthdate: 1925 AD
Birthplace: Not known
Died: 1994 AD
 38 
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh
7
Birthdate: December 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
 39 
Richard Reid
(Terrorist)
Richard Reid
8
Birthdate: August 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom
 40 
Max Clifford
(Publicist)
Max Clifford
7
Birthdate: April 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK
Died: December 10, 2017
 41 
John Christie
(British Serial Killer Who Was Active During the 1940s and Early-1950s)
John Christie
21
Birthdate: April 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northowram
Died: July 15, 1953

John Christie was a British serial killer who was active during the 1940s and early-1950s. He killed at least eight people and was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Ethel. The killings were dramatized in the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place, in which Christie was played by Richard Attenborough. Christie's murders also inspired other works of art.   

 42 
Ronald Biggs
(Robber)
Ronald Biggs
6
Birthdate: August 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stockwell, Lambeth, London, England
Died: December 18, 2013
 43 
Francis Throckmorton
1
Birthdate: 1554 AD
Birthplace: Feckenham, England
Died: July 10, 1584
 44 
Curtis Warren
(Gangster)
Curtis Warren
5
Birthdate: May 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toxteth
 45 
Dick Turpin
(Highwayman)
Dick Turpin
11
Birthdate: September 21, 1705
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hempstead, United Kingdom
Died: April 7, 1739
 46 
James Hanratty
(Known as the 'A6 Murderer' Known for Killing Scientist 'Michael Gregsten')
James Hanratty
3
Birthdate: October 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England
Died: April 4, 1962

Better known as the A6 Murderer, James Hanratty was one of the last people to be executed before capital punishment was abolished. He was convicted of murdering scientist Michael Gregsten and raping and shooting Gregsten’s mistress, Valerie Storie. The controversial case led to a motion to prove his innocence.

 47 
William Chaloner
(Coin designer, Criminal)
William Chaloner
1
Birthdate: 1650 AD
Birthplace: Warwickshire, England
Died: March 22, 1699
 48 
Richard Hawkins
(Explorer)
Richard Hawkins
2
Birthdate: 1562 AD
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: April 17, 1622
 49 
Roy Shaw
(British Boxer and Criminal)
Roy Shaw
2
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England
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.

 50 
Donald Neilson
(British Armed Robber, Murderer, and Kidnapper)
Donald Neilson
17
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom
Died: December 18, 2011

Donald Neilson was a British armed robber, murderer, and kidnapper. He murdered three men between 1971 and 1974. In January 1975, Neilson killed his kidnap victim Lesley Whittle. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1976 and remained in prison until his demise in 2011. Donald Neilson's life inspired the 1977 film The Black Panther.