Lizzie Borden

Fascinating is the unsolved murder. Typical is the murder of Andrew Borden and his 2nd wife Abby at Fall River, Massachusetts in August 1892. Suffering a frenzied axe attack in their home, their daughter Lizzie, 32, called out to maid, Bridget Sullivan, ‘come down, quick, father’s dead.’ He lay dead in a downstairs room. His wife was found upstairs.
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Mafia

Mafia, or Cosa Nostra, is not so much a criminal organization, but a way of life. The Sicilian brand grew out of self-help to protect people against baronial rule. Based on creating fictional kinship, it works by doing each other favours.
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Colonel Blood

Colonel Thomas Blood was a spectacular thief. Born in Ireland to a rich blacksmith in 1618, he longed for adventure, joining in the fight to destroy the English monarchy.
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Bonnie & Clyde

America’s most infamous robbers were Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie Parker was a pretty Baptist born in 1910. Her father died when she was four and they moved to Texas. It was here she met 21 year old Clyde Barrow, a sadist and petty thief.
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Kray Twins

Ronnie and Reggie Kray were born in 1933 in the East End of London. Having a close relationship with their mother, Violet, they were vicious street fighters by the time they moved to Bethnal Green.
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Dr Crippen

Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen, born in America in 1862. Becoming a homeopath, he moved to London in 1897 with his wife, Cora. Crippen was a quiet little man, while Cora was extravert and wanted to be a great opera singer, even calling herself Belle Elmore.
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