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How many 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

1.   Born 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?

2.   Hanged 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?

3.   Who 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)?

4.   In the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, what was the name of the criminal mastermind who became Holmes' most formidable opponent?

5.   What 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?

6.   Who 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?

7.   One 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?

8.   Name 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".

9.   Who was the French criminal and prisoner in French Guiana who described a lively career of imprisonments, adventures and escapes in his autobiography "Papillon" (1969)?

10.  Name 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.

11.  In 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?

12.    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?

13.   What was the name of the schizophrenic plumber, known as "The Boston Strangler", who terrified Massachusetts' state capital during the mid-1960s?

14.     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?

15.   Hanged 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?

16.   In 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?

17.   Who 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 Lindbergh?

18.    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.

19.   Which 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?

20.    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?

21.    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?

22.   Name 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. 

   

23.    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?

24.   Widely 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.

25.    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?

26.    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?

27.   Name 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" (1834).

28.    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?

29.   In 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?

30.    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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