Dick Turpin's Grave

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In George Street Cemetery, York, United Kingdom

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The Grave of Dick Turpin - Outlaw Feb 06, 2017
Dick Turpin was not born in York. He was just executed here. Don’t be upset, Mr. Turpin was a bad man. He started out life in the south and was born in 1706. He grew up without too much fuss and was best friends with his own schoolmaster. He married, became a butcher, and then began to thieve livestock. In those days such theft was punishable by the death penalty.

He was caught in the act of stealing oxen and fled. He later joined the Gregory Gang, a ruthless band or real-life brothers. They specialised in raiding isolated houses. Their evil exploits made the newspapers of the day. Constables met up with the gang one day in a tavern and captured the Gregory Gang – except Dick Turpin. Good old Dick jumped through a window and escaped. The Gregory Gang was hanged, as thieves were.

Dick then went on to become criminal partners with Tom King, "the Gentleman Highwayman". The 2 men set up in Epping Forest, where they found a lucrative trade in robbing carriages along the highway. Turpin eventually turned to murder during this time. One of his thefts was of a fine horse he called ‘Black Bess’ from a Mr. Major. The victim handed out handbills describing the horse and the horse thief. Constables receive information of where Black Bess was and waited in ambush. Tom King showed up and a gunfight erupted. Turpin arrived and accidentally shot King who died. Turpin, as he had before, escaped.

Taking advantage of his good luck he drifted north using the name John Palmer and kept a low profile. Unfortunately he angered his landlord who made enquiries and the truth was revealed. His fate finally sealed by his old schoolmaster who recognised his handwriting from a letter. He was put to death on 7 April 1739.
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Airpunk says:
Looks like I missed a couple of things when I was in York. Thanks for sharing the story!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2017
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