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Crime and Punishment: Mary Blandy

Mary Blandy was a young heiress of Henley-on-Thames who became passionately involved with the unscrupulous Hon. William Henry Cranstoun. This passion eventually and tragically cost her and her father their lives. Mr Francis Blandy was an attorney residing at Henley-on-Thames, and held the office of town clerk of that place. Possessed of ample means, his […]

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Crime and Punishment: Arthur Norcott and Mary Norcott, his Mother

This is an unusual murder case where the verdict turned on “touching the body,” one of the “trials by ordeal” that were used to determine the guilt or innocence of an accused person. A person accused of murder was made to touch the body of the victim. If they were guilty, God would cause the […]

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Crime and Punishment: Stephen Eaton, George Roades and Sarah Swift

In july 1669, the Reverend John Talbot came to London in connection with a lawsuit. About four in the afternoon he became aware that he was being followed by six persons. Having tried, for hours, to give them the slip he finally took refuge with a gentleman of Gray’s Inn. Late that night he set […]

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Crime and Punishment: Moll Cutpurse

A famous Master-Thief and an Ugly, who dressed like a Man, and died in 1663. She has the distinction of having had her epitaph written by the poet John Milton, famous for his great epic – “Paradise Lost”. NewgateMARY FRITH, otherwise called Moll Cutpurse, from her original profession of cutting purses, was born in Barbican […]

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Crime and Punishment: Thomas Savage

A Profligate Apprentice who murdered a Fellow-Servant, was executed twice, and finally buried 28th of October, 1668. NewgateThis unhappy wretch was born of very honest parents in the parish of St Giles’s in the Fields, and between fourteen and fifteen years of age bound apprentice to one Mr Collins, a vintner, at the Ship Tavern […]

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Crime and Punishment: Isaac Atkinson

A Highwayman who specialised in robbing Lawyers. He followed the attorneys on the circuits and in eight months accosted more than 160 in the county of Norfolk alone, and took from them upwards of three thousand pounds. He was finally undone by an old woman and her mare. NewgateISAAC ATKINSON was the only son of […]

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Crime and Punishment: Alice Arden

Between 1549 and 1551 Alice Arden plotted savagely to murder her husband so that she could continue a scandalous liaison with her former lover. With the help of Black Will and Shakebag she and her lover finally had the man murdered in his own parlour. But they failed to cover their tracks in the snow […]

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Crime and Punishment: Mary Carleton Part 2

“THE GERMAN PRINCESS,” Mary Carleton, was a Kentish Adventuress who travelled the Continent, acquired several Husbands, was tried more than once for polygamy but always managed to avoid a guilty verdict. During her heyday she was a feature of London’s social scene and is mentioned in Pepys’ Diary. In the end, she was undone by an […]

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Crime and Punishment: Mary Carleton Part 1

“THE GERMAN PRINCESS,” Mary Carleton, was a Kentish Adventuress who travelled the Continent, acquired several Husbands, was tried more than once for polygamy but always managed to avoid a guilty verdict. During her heyday she was a feature of London’s social scene and is mentioned in Pepys’ Diary. In the end, she was undone by a […]

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Crime and Punishment: Thomas Kelsey

An audacious young Thief who robbed the Tent of King William in Flanders and stabbed a Newgate Turnkey. NewgateThomas Kelsey was born in Leather Lane, in the parish of St Andrew, Holborn; but his mother being a Welsh woman, and she having an estate of about forty pounds per annum, left her by an uncle […]