The Gregory Gang were notorious around Essex and London. After discovering that, indeed, the letter did appear to be from Turpin and it had been sent from York Prison, Smith traveled to York, fingered Turpin, and collected his reward. As a result of all this, the water was getting hot around Turpin, as members of the famed gang were getting snapped up by bounty hunters. Matters stepped up a gear in terms of his infamy and sheer brutality when he joined Tom King, another highway robber; but it seems that Turpin killed his accomplice during a botched robbery. Turpin becomes a murderer Numerous acts of murder are attributed to Dick Turpin, although it is not clear which ones were actually committed by him and which weren't, due to centuries of embellishment. Some of the Turpin legend can be sourced directly to Richard Bayes' The Genuine History of the Life of Richard Turpin , a mixture of fact and fiction hurriedly put together in the wake of the trial, to satisfy a gullible public. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.
The Truth About Legendary Highwayman Dick Turpin
Dick Turpin: Facts and Information About the Famous Highwayman
Law, Criminology, and Human-Animal Relationships illustrated ed. Suspected of being a horse thief, "Palmer" was imprisoned in York Castle , to be tried at the next assizes. Or so the story goes. Although one report late in March suggests, unusually, that Turpin alone robbed a company of higlers , in the same month he was reported to be working alongside two other highwaymen, Matthew King then, and since, incorrectly identified as Tom King , and Stephen Potter. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in.
From his cell, Turpin wrote to his brother-in-law, Pompr Rivernall, who also lived at Hempstead. The trio were responsible for a string of robberies between March and April ,  which ended suddenly in an incident at Whitechapel, after King or Turpin, depending upon which report is read had stolen a horse near Waltham Forest. Deer poaching had long been endemic in the Royal Forest of Waltham , and in the Black Act so called because it outlawed the blackening or disguising of faces while in the forests was enacted to deal with such problems. Robert Appleton, Clerk of the Peace for the East Riding, and the man whose account details the above incident, later reported that the three JPs made enquiries as to how "Palmer" had made his money, suspecting that his lifestyle was funded by criminal activities.
Horse theft became a capital offence in , punishable by death. In the same month two men, possibly from the same gang, raided the home of a Reverend Dyde. However, people were suspicious that he had a lot of money, and he was arrested for horse theft. While being rebuked by John Robinson, he then threatened to shoot him also. The Ripper of Waterloo Road Buy. Your email address will not be published.