suspects can you bring to book from the evidence set out below?
Can you correctly identify all of
them, or will some escape detection?
When it comes to putting in the
answers, let's hope you're not a wrongdoer
on 17 January 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, who was the American gangster,
nicknamed "Scarface", who dominated organised crime in Chicago from
1925 to 1931?
on 11 November 1880 in Melbourne, who was the Australian bushranger (rural
outlaw) whose gang took possession of Glenrowan township, where they were
besieged by police, he being wounded and captured in the ensuing fray?
was the noted English scholar and murderer, whose notoriety was romanticised
in a ballad by Thomas Hood and in a novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1832)?
the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, what was the name of
the criminal mastermind who became Holmes' most formidable opponent?
was the nickname of William H. Bonney, Jr., one of the most notorious
gunfighters of the American West, reputed to have killed at least twenty-seven
men before being gunned down at about the age of twenty-one on 14 July 1881 in
Fort Sumner, New Mexico?
was the Czechoslovak-born British publisher who built an international
communications empire, and whose financial risks led him into grand fraud and
an apparent suicide at sea off the Canary Islands on 5 November 1991?
of the most famous unsolved mysteries of English crime, what was the pseudonym
of the murderer of several women, all prostitutes, in or near the Whitechapel
district of London's East End, between 7 August and 10 November 1888?
the convicted murderer who became a self-taught ornithologist during his
fifty-four years in prison, forty two of them in solitary confinement, and who
made a notable contribution to the study of birds, thus earning himself the
nickname "Birdman of Alcatraz".
was the French criminal and prisoner in French Guiana who described a lively
career of imprisonments, adventures and escapes in his autobiography "Papillon"
the master English criminal of early 18th century London, born in
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, a leader of thieves and highwaymen, extortionist
and fence for stolen goods, who was arrested on a minor criminal charge, found
guilty, and hanged at Tyburn on 24 May 1725.
the New Testament, who was the criminal mentioned in all four gospels who was
chosen by the crowd, over Jesus Christ, to be released by Pontius Pilate in a
customary pardon before the Feast of Passover?
Born on 24 April 1906 in New York, who was the English-language
propaganda broadcaster from Nazi Germany during World War II, hanged for
treason in 1946, and whose nickname, "Lord Haw-Haw", was derived
from the sneering manner of his speech?
was the name of the schizophrenic plumber, known as "The Boston
Strangler", who terrified Massachusetts' state capital during the
Who, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures, was stripped of his knighthood in
1979 after it was revealed that he had been a Soviet spy, arranging for the
escape of fellow spies, Burgess and Maclean, in 1951?
on 15 July 1953 at Pentonville Prison, London, who was the murder who
strangled his victims after rendering them unconscious with gas at his home at
10 Rillington Place, London?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel "Crime and Punishment" (1866), who was
the young intellectual who, when embarrassed with debts, decides to solve all
his problems at a stroke by murdering an old pawnbroker woman?
was the German-born American carpenter and burglar who, in 1935, was convicted
of kidnapping and murdering the 21-month-old-son of Charles and Anne Morrow
Name the American bank robber, whose death resulted from a trap set by
the FBI, Indiana police, and Anna Sage, a friend and brothel madam, who drew
him to the Biograph Theatre in Chicago, where, on emerging, he was shot and
killed on 22 July 1935.
member of the 15-strong gang that robbed the Glasgow-London Royal Mail Train
on 8 August 1963 in Buckinghamshire, England, in what was to become known as
the "Great Train Robbery", escaped from Wandsworth Prison in 1965,
and fled first to Paris, then to Australia, and finally to Brazil?
Who were the wealthy and intellectually brilliant graduates who
confessed to the kidnapping and murder of 14-year old Robert
("Bobbie") Franks for an "intellectual" thrill in Chicago
on 21 May 1924, and, pleading guilty, were defended by famed lawyer Clarence
Darrow, who secured them life imprisonment rather than execution?
Nicknamed the "Butcher of Lyon", who was the Nazi leader, head
of the Gestapo in Lyon from 1942 to 1944, held responsible for the death of
some 4,000 persons and the deportation of some 7,500 others?
the 37-year old civil servant who was arrested on 9 February 1983 after the
remains of human bodies were found at his house in Muswell Hill, London, and
who openly admitted to killing fifteen men over a period of four years.
Who was the British Labour Member of Parliament, arrested in Australia
in 1975 on charges of theft and forgery, who had disappeared after faking his
suicide on a Miami beach the previous year?
seen as the inspiration behind the multi-million dollar American junk bond
market, name the 44-year old financial executive who, in April 1990, pleaded
guilty to six charges of criminal fraud and conspiracy arising from his time
as head of the high-yield bond department at Drexel Burnham Lambert, the Wall
Street investment bank.
What was the nickname of Charles E. Boles (or Bolton), the
California hooded robber believed to have held up twenty-eight stagecoaches
between 1875 and 1883, and who, on two occasions, left self-penned verse at
the scene of the crime?
Born Lester Gillis in 1908 in Chicago, Illinois, who was the
American gunman and bank robber noted for his vicious killings and youthful
looks, who twice, in 1934, was listed as Public Enemy Number One by the FBI?
the English robber who became celebrated in legend and fiction, and who is
probably best remembered for his ride from London to York on his mare Black
Bess, as depicted in William Harrison Ainsworth's novel "Rookwood"
Who was the professional gambler who disappeared in November 1974
following the murder of 29-year old Sandra Rivett, who was battered to death
at the Belgravia, London home of his estranged wife, where she had been
working as a nanny?
Ian Fleming's novel "From Russia With Love" (1957), who was the Head
of Otdyel II, the department of SMERSH in charge of Operations and Executions?
Born Robert Leroy Parker on 13 April 1866 in Beaver, Utah, what was the
nickname of the American outlaw and foremost member of the Wild Bunch, a
collection of bank and train robbers who operated throughout the western
United States in the 1880s and '90s?
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