There is a lot of blood and violence in London's history. At one point in time, arguably the most famous killer of history, Jack the Ripper roamed the streets of the city in search of new victims. Yet he is just one of many reckless criminals who lived (and killed) in London.
10th Murder of the Blind Beggar
If you're in Whitechapel and want to drink a beer, you can go to the blind beggar. The pub has a rich history and goes back to a centuries-old inn. However, it is inextricably linked to London's notorious gangster, the Kray Twins. The blind beggar is the place where Ronnie Kray shot George Cornell in the distance.
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Ronnie Kray was convicted of Cornell's death in 1969 and sentenced to life imprisonment. As for the motive, the victim was a member of Richardson Gang, rivals involved in a grassroots war with the company run by the Kray twins. Ronnie, however, loathed Cornell especially. A few months before the murder, their gangs got into a fight at a Christmas party after Cornell Kray had called [fat poof.]
9. Spencer Perceval's Murder
Spencer Perceval may not be one of Britain's most celebrated politicians, but he has the unwarranted distinction of being the only British prime minister to have been assassinated during his term in office.
Born in Perceval in 1762, he was appointed Prime Minister in 1809. His government faced some crises, such as the catastrophic Walcheren campaign in the Netherlands and the Luddite riots. On May 11, 1812, he was in the lobby of the House of Commons in London, when he was approached by a man named John Bellingham, who shot him deadly through the heart.
Bellingham made only a small attempt to conceal his crime or flee. Some reports say he sat in the same chair by the fireplace where he was waiting for the arrival of the Prime Minister.
Bellingham was a merchant who was unjustly imprisoned in Russia. The British Embassy did not help him and the government refused his request for compensation when he was released. He said he had "sufficient justification" for his actions. Bellingham's defense team tried to claim that he was crazy, but was found guilty a week after Perceval's death.
The feud was raised somewhat in 1997, when two of their descendants Roger Percival and Henry Bellingham, both politicians, fought for the same parliamentary seat that represented Northwest Norfolk.
. 8 The Finchley Baby Farmers
Baby Farming was a relatively common practice that took place across the UK a hundred years ago. People who had unwanted, usually illegitimate, children who did not want to raise them left them with a baby farmer for a fee.
This convention was marked by abuse. Once the baby farmers had the money, there was little incentive to do the work they promised. They knew that most of the parents who took up their ministry had nothing to do with their offspring and would never look for them again. In many cases, children died of neglect and, in rare cases, of murder.
At first sight, Amelia Sach offered a tempting service in her nursing home in Finchley, North London. People who brought their unwanted babies to Claymore House not only thought that they would take care of them, but were also adopted by wealthy families. The only thing these children got was an injection of Chlorodyne, usually given by Sachs partner Annie Walters.
The murderous duo was captured in late 1902 when Walter's landlord, also a police officer, became suspicious of his tenant's activities. The police followed her and finally caught her trying to get rid of a body. Walters soon implicated Sach, and both were hanged on February 3, 1903.
. 7 The London Burkers
During the early 19th century there was a keen interest in anatomy research in Britain. This led to a great demand for sectors for dissection. Under the then law, however, only the bodies of executed killers could be used for this purpose. Thereupon so-called resurrection men appeared – body eaters who dug up fresh bodies and sold them to medical schools that were ready to look away.
Sometimes these resurrection people did not want to die waiting for people to create their own bodies. The most notorious case is that of Burke and Hare, two men who killed 16 people in Edinburgh in 1828 and sold them for dissection. They were so infamous that the practice itself became known as "rip-off". London had its own gang of Burkers led by John Bishop. In 1831, they attempted to sell the corpse of a 14-year-old boy to the King's College School of Anatomy. At the inspection, however, the surgeon Richard Partridge noticed some disturbing features: The body had never been buried, it was unusually stiff and had a cut on the head that was bleeding on the chest. He warned the authorities and delayed the Burkers until the police arrived.
The bishop and an accomplice named Thomas Williams were found guilty of murdering the child, who was known simply as the "Italian boy," and then drowned him in a well. They also admitted to having done the same thing with another boy and a homeless woman. They were hanged on December 5, 1831.
. 6 The Murder of Camden Town
On September 11, 1907, railroad worker Bertram Shaw returned to Camden Town to find the bare body of his wife Emily Dimmock. She was murdered and her neck was cut through from ear to ear.
The violence of the crime made it a national story, but a turn that showed in the investigation made it a first sensation on the front page. Without knowing her husband, Emily worked as a prostitute named Phyllis. The husband's involvement was withdrawn, but this new detail indicated that one of his clients might be the killer.
The police arrested a glass designer named Robert Wood (that's him, pictured above). Emily was last seen alive in a pub in his presence, and a postcard written by Wood indicated he was a customer. At the trial, he admitted to being familiar with Dimmock, but denied any involvement in her murder. Wood was defended by the impressive lawyer Sir Edward Marshall Hall, who acquitted him. Other Dimmock clients were investigated, but they all had alibis, and their murder remains a mystery to this day.
Emily's case was further published by the artist Walter Sickert, who made a group of four paintings based on the crime. He had previously done one with Jack the Ripper. In fact, some modern ripperologists have brought Sickert forward as a suspect in the Ripper murders.
. 5 Ruth Ellis
No journey through London's seedy history would be complete without a stop at The Magdala in Hampstead. The pub is closed now, but everyone still remembers the place where Ruth Ellis killed her lover and became the last woman executed in the UK.
The 28-year-old nightclub hostess was with a racer named David Blakely. They had a violent relationship that often became violent. Ruth had recently had a miscarriage after she was punched in the stomach by Blakely.
On April 10, 1955, Blakely went to Magdala with a friend named Clive Gunnell. Ellis was waiting for him in front of the pub. When David came out, he initially ignored Ellis and walked right past her. Then she pulled out a Smith & Wesson and started firing. The first shot was missed. The second hit Blakely behind and he collapsed on the sidewalk. Ellis went to him and fired three more times at close range. Then she stood shocked by the corpse until a policeman arrived outside the service and arrested her.
Your trial was brief but sensational. Ruth sealed her fate during the testimony when she said, "It is obvious that I wanted to shoot him after I shot him." After a brief reflection, she was found guilty by the jury Death condemned. Ruth Ellis was hanged on July 13th.
. 4 The London Cellar Murder
Dr. Crippen may be remembered as one of London's most notorious killers, but modern developments suggest he was not a murderer at all.
In 1910 Cora Crippen disappeared. Her husband was Hawley Harvey Crippen, a Michigan homeopath. At first he claimed that Cora had died, but later he admitted to authorities that his wife had actually left him and returned to America. Whether Scotland Yard believed in his story or not is hard to say, but Crippen decided not to stay and find out. He fled England and went to Europe with his lover Ethel Le Neve. From there, the duo boarded the SS Montrose to Canada.
While Crippen was out, the police searched his house in Camden more thoroughly and found a human torso in the basement. This made the good doctor the most famous man in the UK. He was so well known that even in disguise he could not travel without being recognized. Captain Henry George Kendall of the SS Montrose spotted Crippen and alerted Scotland Yard. They took a faster ship and arrested him before they reached Canada.
The remains found in the cellar were severely decomposed, but were tentatively confirmed as belonging to Cora, based on a scar tissue that corresponds to their medical history. Crippen was found guilty on November 23 and hanged.
About a hundred years later, a Michigan State University forensic team claimed that mitochondrial DNA evidence suggests that belonged to a man. Their results have proved controversial and are still widely accepted by science.
. 3 The Battersea Mystery
Fifteen years before Jack the Ripper began his infamous killing spree, someone else murdered women in London and smashed their bodies. It became known as the Battersea mystery because the police found the first piece of a dismembered body on September 5, 1873.
Subsequent parts appeared in the city until an almost complete corpse could be reconstructed . However, the authorities still could not identify the victim. Despite a huge £ 200 reward and the promise of a free pardon for every accomplice, the case was never resolved. A year later, another dismembered body was recovered from the Thames. This is not known until today, and a connection to the previous victim was never established.
Medical Journal The Lancet [1965-9062] published a detailed summary of all the mutilations carried out on the first body. They emphasized that everything was done properly and nothing was cut off. The skill shown showed that the offender had medical knowledge. At the same time, the publication thoroughly rejected the idea that the whole thing was a morbid fraud of medical students.
. 2 The Houndsditch Murders
In January 1911, a massive shootout between a combined police force and an army and two Latvian revolutionaries took place in the East End of London. Known as the siege of Sidney Street, this shocking episode is also marked by the presence of Secretary of the Interior Winston Churchill. Before that, however, a much more bloody event preceded which led to one of the greatest casualties of police life in the history of peace in London.
In December 1910, the Lettenbande wanted to rob a jewelry shop in Houndsditch. For this purpose, they rented two plots of land based on the building. Their plan was to bring all the equipment they needed for the rental and then break it through the shop wall at night.
The noise disturbed a neighbor, who then alerted a policeman named Piper. He examined the scene and immediately became suspicious, so he went to get reinforcements. Six policemen and NCOs returned to the rental buildings. They outnumbered the robbers, but the police wore batons while the criminals were armed with pistols. There was a fight and five of the officers were shot dead. Sergeant Tucker died instantly while Sergeant Bentley and Constable Choate died in the hospital. Two others were injured but survived. All robbers were able to escape. The investigation of the killings led to the above siege.
. 1 The Thames Torso Murders
How many people killed Jack the Ripper? He is typically credited with five victims, but there are many who believe that Saucy Jack was far more productive. There is another series of crimes known as "Thames Torso Murders" between 1887 and 1889. Various parts of four mutilated women were found in the Thames and surrounding areas. Were these also the work of the Ripper or an equally sadistic murderer active at the same time?
Officially, there are no signs that Jack's torso murders were committed. These were speculations from the newspapers, as the police considered them in separate cases . Only one of the victims was ever identified – a prostitute named Elizabeth Jackson.
Like the Battersea mystery, there were also some who thought it was just a prank of the medical school. This idea was rejected because the bodies appeared again and again. The doctors who examined the remains agreed that the killer had practical anatomy skills but did not have the skills of a surgeon. They said he might be a slayer or an adventurer.
If the killer was actually another person, then he had a longer and more cruel murder than Jack. Although he started first, it is strange that he was still completely overshadowed by the Ripper.