Richard Turpin, better known by his nickname, Dick, was a legendary highwayman who stalked the English countryside. A century or so after his death by hanging inTurpin was idealised as a dashing rogue or gentleman thief type in a multitude of supposedly factual stories purportedly based on his life. In reality, he was not exactly dashing, with a face covered in pox scars.
Please refresh the page and retry. He was baptised on 21 Septemberhad a basic education, married a maidservant named Elizabeth Millington aroundand also became a butcher. While living with Elizabeth at Buckhurst Hill, Turpin started selling stolen deer, poached by Samuel Gregory and his gang from the royal forest at Epping.
Richard Turpin bapt. Turpin may have followed his father's trade as a butcher early in his life but, by the early s, he had joined a gang of deer thieves and, later, became a poacherburglarhorse thief and killer. Turpin's involvement in the crime with which he is most closely associated—highway robbery—followed the arrest of the other members of his gang in
A computer-generated image using technology from North Yorkshire Police has now been created to reveal what Turpin really looked like — a pock-marked offender not blessed with great looks. Experts from the North Yorkshire force have used 18th century newspaper descriptions and modern technology to create the first realistic picture of Turpin, who was executed in York in The efit will now appear on a "wanted" poster at the York Castle Museum as part of a new exhibition of the cells in which Turpin spent his last night alive.
Richard Turpin's death was just about the only thing in his shortish life that conformed to anyone's idea of how a highwayman was supposed to be. He smiled and swaggered, gave hatbands and other favours to the crowd, caused a delicious stir by presenting a gold ring to a married woman, and then threw himself off the hanging platform and "expired directly". In this last point he was lucky: most people kicked and spluttered for up to half an hour.
Dick Turpin is probably the most famous highwayman of all. Mention the name to most people, and they will tell you he was a daring and dashing highwayman who famously rode from London to York on his faithful mare, Black Bess, in less than 24 hours. However, the popular Turpin legend contains not a grain of truth.
E-fit of infamous highwayman Dick Turpin - years after he was sent to the gallows. North Yorkshire Police used 18th century newspaper descriptions and modern technology to create the first realistic picture of Richard "Dick" Turpin, the notorious criminal who was executed in York in The e-fit will appear on a "wanted" poster as part of a York Castle Museum exhibition of the cells in which Turpin spent his last night alive.
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Think of a highwayman and the image conjured is of a dashing, even noble, criminal who robs the rich, saves damsels in distress and escapes the clutches of evil noblemen. This has never been seen better than with the reputation of the 18th-century Dick Turpin, who, we are told, rode a jet-black horse, Black Bess, and made a legendary ride from London to York, covering some miles, in a single day. The real man was a gruff, scowling murderer with a squalid past. As a butcher in the s, he began stealing sheep and cattle, bringing him to the attention of the notorious deer-poaching Essex or Gregory Gang.