In the final episode of Britain's Outlaws, Dr. Sam Willis explores urban crime, fraud and corruption in the 18th century and uncovers a fascinating rogue's gallery of charmers, fraudsters and villains. Learn about colorful rogues like apprentice carpenter Jack Sheppard, who became the talk of the town when he was hanged in 1724. Sheppard had been tracked down by Jonathan Wild, the self-styled Thief-Taker General. Wild mixed in 'polite society,' while simultaneously running criminal gangs across London. He followed Sheppard to the gallows in the following year, saluted with rotten fruit instead of cheers on his final journey. Other notorious characters include Mary Toft, who claimed to have given birth to rabbits; Thomas Benson, a smuggler who was also a merchant, MP for Barnstaple and the Sheriff of Devon; and, William Brodie, a respected Edinburgh town councilor and head of his craft guild, who used his position of trust as a high-class cabinet maker to copy his clients' keys and break into their houses.
Episode #103 / Length: 59 minutes