Facts About These Notorious Law Breakers and Their Criminal History
Facts About These Notorious Law Breakers and Their Criminal History

Facts About These Notorious Law Breakers and Their Criminal History

Khalid Elhassan - May 20, 2020

Facts About These Notorious Law Breakers and Their Criminal History
End of the road for Captain Kidd. Pintrest

1. His Fame Preceded Him

Unbeknownst to Captain Kidd, by the time he returned to the American Colonies, his fame – or infamy – had preceded him, and his public image had been transformed into that of a notorious criminal pirate. During his absence, attitudes towards piracy had changed from the wink, wink, nudge, nudge, which had been the norm when he began his voyage. Now, crackdown was in the air, and the authorities were eager to make an example of somebody.

Kidd was thus extremely unlucky to return when he did. He was arrested as soon as he arrived in Boston, and he was sent in chains across the Atlantic for prosecution in London. There, word of his previous connections with government elites caused a scandal, and the powerful supporters whom he had expected to defend him abandoned Kidd in droves. He was swiftly tried and convicted, and on May 23rd, 1701, he was hanged. His corpse was then left to rot in a cage on the Thames for all to see.

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Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

Ancient Origins – Sarah Wilson: The Trickster Who Rose From Convict to Princess

Cordingly, David – Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates (1996)

Cracked – 5 Criminal Masterminds Who Used Their Powers For Good

Critchley, David – The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931 (2008)

Dolnick, Edward – The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century (2008)

Encyclopedia Britannica – Criminal History – Salvatore Maranzano, American Organized Crime Leader

Ha’artez, March 7th, 2013 – Con Artist: The True Story of a Master Forger and Criminal

Historic UK Criminal – Captain William Kidd

Historical Society of Pennsylvania – The Remarkable Career of Sarah Wilson: Criminal, Princess, and Marchioness of Colonial America

Kaminsky, Sarah – Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life (2016)

Macintyre, Ben – Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman, Lover, Criminal, Hero, Spy (2007)

Murphy, Brendan – Turncoat: The Strange Case of British Sergeant Harold Cole (1987)

NPR – How Mediocre Dutch Artist Cast The Forger’s Spell

Raab, Selwyn – Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires (2005)

Salon, December 28th, 2017 – The Long Rise and Fast Fall of New York’s Black Mafia

Wikipedia – Criminal Bumpy Johnson

Wikipedia – Criminal Ching Shih

Wikipedia – Criminal Han van Meegeren

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