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Treehunter Report 1 Dec 2012 19:39

I have one he chopped someones head off. I have all about. The court case and what was put in the papers at the time. It was in 1896 in Essex



Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 18:57

i've just seen that martins father was in lewis jail when he was young, like father like son .


KenSE Report 1 Dec 2012 18:51

I haven't proved the connection yet but it seems probably that one of my ancestors, name of John Smith, was the leader of the Culworth Gang. They never killed anyone but were the scourge of Northants in the late 18th century.

My proved history goes back to William Smith born in Culworth in 1811.


Suzanne Report 1 Dec 2012 18:31

my dads great uncle Joseph Noble was hung for murder in durham goal in 1905 :-(


GinN Report 1 Dec 2012 18:02

In my tree, a second cousin 3x removed,was murdered together with her entire family, by an axeman, in 1912 in Oregon. It was a very gruesome murder, apparently, and he sodomised the mother and young daughter. Various suspects, but the murder was never fully solved.

My 4th great grandfather was transported to Australia 1n1829, for stealing some carpentry tools, and had previously been in prison for poaching.


maggiewinchester Report 1 Dec 2012 17:41

I only have one who unsuccessfully tried to derail a train in 1850.

Found him in prison on 1851 census, looked at online newspapers (Lancashire Library) and found a few incredible write- ups about the trial, and the use of 'railway detectives'.

I suppose if he'd been successful, he would have been a murderer.


hazel Report 1 Dec 2012 17:05

lots of interesting information on the oldbailey online, it seems that an ancestor of mine was murdered in a race hate crime and that was in the 1800's, how amazing this internet, explains so much from the past, stuff that had been buried for so long. I guess whatever the time or date, human being's behaviour doesn't change much!


JoyBoroAngel Report 1 Dec 2012 16:38

yes some of my family remind me of the Munsters

and the rest the Adams family PMSL ;-) ;-)


Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 16:14

i think we have all got a few like that, :-D


Barbinsglos Report 1 Dec 2012 16:10


:-D :-D :-D


JoyBoroAngel Report 1 Dec 2012 16:08

i have 3murder victims in my tree
and found a few i wouldnt mind doing myself x :-D :-D


Barbinsglos Report 1 Dec 2012 16:01


Thanks for that.

Always amazes me what we can uncover.



Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 15:51

no i dont mind you asking at all, i was looking at someone else's tree on ancestery (they had his death date ) so i clicked on their source ... criminal registers,which showed he had been tried in dec 1868 ,and given a death sentance, hung18jan 1869..he was also in lewis jail in 1865 for thief ..bit of a bad penny all round .


Barbinsglos Report 1 Dec 2012 15:30

Haven't found one yet Iris

May I ask how you came accross the imfo? Special docs etc. Found a friends relly in prison but that was on a census.

Hope you dont mind me asking



PricklyHolly Report 1 Dec 2012 15:29

One of mine spent 6 days in prison but that's about as excitng as it gets!!



Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 15:25

murderer that is , just found one on my tree, martin brown ,hung in lewis jail jan 1869 . tell the truth now ,who else has one in their tree. iris