A to Z of London Crime

Within this A to Z of London Crime, we will be including big London names, crimes, streets and places of interest of the City of London and surrounding boroughs. With additional links to sites and youtube videos that may be of interest if you are researching anything or anyone that we have listed.
Names included on this list have books written by them/for them or about them..
If you look further into certain cases, you may not agree with the guilt or innocence of the suspects. But you can make your own mind up... we are not the Judge here! This isn't about modern London, there are other resources online that cater for more the more recent crimes in and around London, just look at the news or Police websites. We certainly do NOT condone crime of any kind, this is purely a look at Old London and the history of London crime

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Bedlam/Bethlem/St mary of Bethlehem
A psychiatric hospital, founded in 1247 as a priory, and a hospital since 1330. Bethlehem has moved three times from its original location in Bishopsgate, its famous history has inspired many books and films. Ever wondered where the word for chaos and confusion comes from? Londoners abbreviated Bethlehem to bethlam, which was often pronounced as "bedlam"!
In 1403, the hospital treasurer was found guilty of embezzlement and theft of hospital property, and with an old regime of punishment and religous devotion, chains, locks, stocks and manacles were part of the hospital inventory and usually used to treat the poor and marginalised (of which were believed to be dangerous). For the full and fascinating history, check out the following....
Links
Historic England. From Bethlehem to Bedlam - England's First Mental Institution
Crazy facts of Bedlam!

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Books about Bedlam from Amazon
Bedlam-London-its mad Bedlam-Londons-Hospital Scenes-Bedlam-Mentally-Disordered-Hospital Bethlem-Hospital-1247-1997-Pictorial-Record



Billy Hill
A perpetrator of London organised crime from the 1920s through to the 1960s.. to smuggling, protection rackets, and extreme violence. He masterminded the Eastcastle Street Robbery, which pocketed him and his gang a cool £287,000, (over £6 million in today’s money!)
Links
Billy Hill (Wikipedia)
Eastcastle Street Robbery (wikipedia)


Books about Billy Hill from Amazon
Billy Hill Billy Hill Gyp and Me billy hill memoirs billy hill jack spot

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Charlie Richardson

Books from Amazon
charlie richardson my manor
DVDS
Charlie DVD

Clerkenwell Prison

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Dave Courtney
Many books and films available, most of which I have read or seen!
Books from Amazon
Dave Courtney, Stop the ride Dave Courtney, The ride's back on Dave Courtney, F*ck the ride Dave Courtney, Raving Lunacy  Dave Courtney's Heroes and Villains Dave Courtney's Little black book
DVDS


Dennis Stafford
  Fun loving criminal Dennis Stafford was born in 1934, two streets and two months apart from the Kray twins. He admits to some minor scams and was fascinated by the intricacies of robbery, he admits to country house burglary before he graduating to the club scene. At the age of 22, he received a seven year prison sentence for burglary.
In 1967, Dennis Stafford was arrested along with Michael Luvaglio for the killing of Angus Sibbett in what has become known as the "one armed bandit murder". Much controversy has surrounded this case, while Michael and Dennis have always maintained that they are both innocent. In fact, Dennis Stafford's legal team have often said it would be impossible to secure a murder conviction today on the evidence produced at his trial.

Links
Please see "one armed bandit murder" below.
Books from Amazon
Dennis Stafford most unnatural

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Frankie Fraser
Freddie Foreman

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Jack the Ripper
Also known as "The Whitechapel murderer" and "leather apron, this unidentified serial killer was linked to the "Whitechapel murders", active in the areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London between 31 August and 9 November 1888.There were five victims linked to the ripper, but there were other murders in the area up to 1891, police were unable to connect conclusively all the killings to the murders of 1888)
There are many theories as to the true identity of the "ripper", some have suggested he was a man in regular employment and lived locally while others have considered that the killer was an educated upper-class man, possibly a doctor or an aristocrat from another better classed area.
The Ripper appears in many fictional stories, comic books, games, songs, poems, plays, operas, television programmes and films. There are a wide range of true crime books that cover the Jack the Ripper murders, and they can make for some gruesome reading. As a subject, it is far too big to go into detail on this page, but please follow the links provided for further information if you dare!
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Jack the RipperThe Jack the Ripper murders history site. Where they discuss the Whitechapel murders of 1888, outline the full history and assess the various suspects.(fascinating site.. No need to list any more!)

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Books about Jack The Ripper from Amazon
jack the ripper story jack the ripper jack the ripper cgi jack the ripper then and now jack ripper casefile ripper walk patricia cornwell Ripper

John Bindon

John "biffo" Bindon is a modern legend. An English actor and bodyguard who had close links with the London underworld, his film-star looks, charm and talent brought him worldwide exposure. His story reads like the plot of a movie which Big John himself might have landed a part in. Usually typecast in tough-guy roles, his on-screen persona was chillingly close to the real-life one. Big John's nickname came from his status as a legendary sexual performer, so it was no surprise that his encounters with stunning women, most famously Princess Margaret, led to numerous high profile relationships. But most of all, Big John was a warm-hearted, complex man, utterly devoted to those who have him respect and always prepared to be the last line of defence to those closest to him. He emerged from a poor, working class London childhood and fraternised with the Krays and the Richardsons, but eventually turned his back on crime to play major parts in films such as Mick Jagger's Performance, "The Who's Quadrophenia" and Michael Caine's "Get Carter". In 1978 Bindon was tried for the murder of London gangster Johnny Darke. Bindon pleaded self-defence and was acquitted, but the case damaged his reputation, and this coupled with being seen as difficult to work with by directors meant his acting career declined. In the 1980s Bindon became reclusive; he died in 1993 from cancer
Link
John Bindon Wikipedia

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Books about Jon Bindon from Amazon
John Bindon

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Kray Twins
Much has been written about the Brother Ronnie and Reggie Kray. With countless books, films, documentaries and websites devoted to the fascinating lives of the Kray twins, we will go no further than to lead you in the direction of the best Kray twins website which is a full source of all the facts!
Link
theKrays.net
Books about The Krays from Amazon
our story the krays the profession of violence rise and fall The Krays The prison years 40 years with the Krays Reggie Krays East End Stories
Films and Documentaries about The Krays from Amazon
The Krays, Dead man walking The Krays, bonded by blood The Kray twins We ruled London, the story of the Krays

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Michael Luvaglio
Convicted alongside Dennis Stafford in 1967 for the murder of his friend, Angus Sibbet on 5th January 1967. Despite pleading not guilty, on 15th March 1967 both men were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Michael Luvaglio has been actively trying to clear his name and prove his innocence for over 50 years. Since leaving prison in 1979 Michael has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate, working for more than 25 years with London based charity SHARE.
SHARE stands for Self Help and Rehabilitation for Employment and was established in Wandsworth in 1972. Now, covering many London boroughs, SHARE work with disabled people who need extra help and support in order to achieve their potential and realise their dreams and aspirations.
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Michael Luvaglio's own website Villain or Victim

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Newgate Prison

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One Armed Bandit Murder
Although the cime did not happen in London, the case has strong links to London. The murder of Angus Sibbett in 1967 under Pesspool Bridge in South Hetton, County Durham, was known as the ‘one-armed bandit murder’. His colleagues, Michael Luvaglio and Dennis Stafford, were convicted of his murder three months later. The crime was believed to have inspired the Michael Caine film ‘Get Carter’.The screenplay was adapted from Ted Lewis's 1969 novel "Jack's Return Home".
The following trial resulted in life sentences for Dennis Stafford and Michael Luvaglio. Both men were released on licence 12 years later. Angus Sibbet was a money collector for a "social club services" run by Michael Luvaglio's brother Vince Landa, which supplied working men's clubs with fruit machines (one armed bandits). On the night of 4 January 1967, Michael Luvaglio and Dennis Stafford were to meet Sibbet at the Birdcage club in Newcastle at 12.30am, Sibbet's body was discovered the following morning in the back seat of his Jaguar at 5.15am by a miner at Pesspool Bridge in South Hetton, having been shot three times. Stafford and Luvaglio were both found guilty of the murder, and were sentenced to life in prison. The pair were released from prison after serving 12 years. Both men have strongly denied the Killing.

Links
Witness tells how mystery armed man confessed to infamous One-Armed Bandit murder (Northern Echo)
Michael Luvaglio's own website Villain or Victim
Wikipedia, one armed bandit murder
Innocent.org Michael Luvaglio and Dennis Stafford – the one-armed bandit murder
Foot Steps in the Snow


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Books about The One armed Bandit Murder from Amazon
The Stafford case The Fruit machine murder

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Tyburn.
  Situated near to the present-day Marble Arch, the hangings that took place at the Tyburn Tree were in excess of 50,000. Most of the executed had been taken through the streets from Newgate prison. Huge crowds would turn out to enjoy the free entertainment, cheering on the felons that they regarded as heroes.
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Tyburn Tree/public execution in modern England
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    Books about Tyburn from Amazon
Tyburn, London's fatal tree

Tower of London

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