Crime & criminals

Alison Rough

Edinburgh merchant and property investor convicted of murdering her son-in-law in 1535.

Burke and Hare murders

The Burke and Hare murders were a series of 16 killings committed over a period of about ten months in 1828 in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were undertaken by William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses to Robert Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures.

Catherine Hayes

Catherine Hayes née Hall (1690–1726), was the last woman in England to be executed by being burned alive.

Catherine Murphy (counterfeiter)

The last woman in England to have been sentenced to be burnt at the stake.

Coterel Gang

A 14th-century armed group that flourished in the North Midlands of England, led by James Coterel.

Eastbourne manslaughter

The Eastbourne manslaughter, formally Regina v. Hopley, is an 1860 legal case concerning the death of 15-year-old Reginald Cancellor at the hands of his teacher, Thomas Hopley.

Great Gold Robbery

The Great Gold robbery of 1855 occurred when a routine shipment of gold bullion and coins was stolen from a train in transit between London Bridge and Folkestone, on its way to Paris.

Henry Goodcole

Chaplain of Newgate Prison and author of criminal biographies, the most important of which is that of Elizabeth Sawyer.

Jack Sheppard

Jack Sheppard (1702–1724) was a notorious thief in early 18th-century London, wildly popular with the poorer classes.

James Humphreys (pornographer)

An English business and criminal who ran a chain of adult book shops and strip clubs in London. He was able to operate his business by bribing serving police officers.

Jerome Caminada

Jerome Caminada (1844 – March 1914) was a 19th-century police detective in Manchester, England. Caminada served with the police between 1868 and 1899, and has been called Manchester’s Sherlock Holmes.

Katherine Mayne

16th-century Scottish woman convicted of the murder of her first husband, Alexander Cant.

Margaret Clap

Margaret Clap, also know as Mother Clap, was the owner with her husband of a notorious molly house in 18th-century London.

Mary Bateman

Poisoner and thief whose most audacious hoax was The Prophet Hen of Leeds.

Moors murders

The Moors murders were carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around what is now Greater Manchester, England. The victims were five children aged between 10 and 17 – Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans – at least four of whom were sexually assaulted.


Scuttlers were members of neighbourhood-based youth gangs formed in working-class areas of Manchester, Salford, and the surrounding townships during the late 19th century.

Tottenham Outrage

An armed robbery in Tottenham, North London on 23 January 1909.

Walthamstow Chase

Redirected to Tottenham Outrage.

Whipping Tom

Whipping Tom was the name given to two sex offenders, one in London and the other in the nearby village of Hackney, active in 1681 and 1712 respectively.

Yorkshire witch

Redirected to Mary Bateman.