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A shocking report from the 'Illustrated Police News' features a sketch of Amelia Dyer. She is believed to have murdered 400 babies. She would strangle the poor children with a ribbon and throw them into the Thames. Her horrific crimes went undetected for 16 years until she was caught and hanged in 1896 (Wikipedia)

A shocking report from the 'Illustrated Police News' features a sketch of Amelia Dyer. She is believed to have murdered 400 babies. She would strangle the poor children with a ribbon and throw them into the Thames. Her horrific crimes went undetected for 16 years until she was caught and hanged in 1896 (Wikipedia)

Are you related to a murderer? Old criminal records online uncover dark secrets in the family tree

20 February 2013

The release of more than 2.5m historical criminal records online will make finding the black sheep of your family much easier. The records of criminals from England and Wales hold the grizzly details of murderers, drunks and robbers from 1770 to 1934. The documents, made available by findmypast.co.uk, include court papers, mug shots and registers from prison ships. It will enable genealogists to find out what dark secrets lurk in their family history.

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