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10 Infamous Crimes from the Dark History of London

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TopTenz (1 month ago)
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Spectrum (1 month ago)
I always wonder if Jack stopped at Five or if he moved on somewhere else.
petitmort (19 hours ago)
Simon, I could watch you talk about literally anything for hours (and I pretty much do)
Jacob Witzburg (8 days ago)
Hey mr wisler, I love your shows. I find them to be very informative and well-researched, also very entertaining. Please keep up the great work
Dominique Sedillo (14 days ago)
Fred and Rosemary West
Nikki Ganley (15 days ago)
I read that Ruth Ellis had to wear a bizarre canvas contraption under her clothing to be executed in. I think this came about after a young lady was hanged c. early 20th century/maybe the 1910s for conspiring to murder her husband (she didn't actually kill him). She kicked and screamed all the way to the scaffold, and when the trapdoor dropped (and so did she) she haemmorhaged an enormous amount of blood from her uterus (or thereabouts), and everyone who went to gloat and jeer at her screamed and lost their lunches. The hangman, I think he was Albert Pierrepont, was horrified and said he'll never execute a woman again if this is what would happen. It wasn't certain whether she miscarried, or whether she had endometreosis or some such. She'd stopped eating in prison so a lot was going on. So Holloway Prison (again not 100% sure if this was where it happened, sorry) designed this weird canvas get-up with lots of belts that was supposed to contain a woman's lady bits should they decide to exit her body at a vast rate of knots. Ruth was supposedly the first woman to wear the canvas nappy, and it took her and the wardress ages to figure out how to get into it. They even joked a little when it looked like she'd put it on backwards. Apparently Ruth was the perfect prisoner, very quiet, caused no trouble, and the wardress was genuinely upset when Ruth walked to the scaffold. I also recall the judge even asking her in the trial if she wanted to have the domestic abuse taken into consideration, reminding her she's facing the death penalty otherwise, but she just quietly sat there and said 'No, I murdered him.' Or something to that effect. Dunno who her lawyer was. I'm glad there's an effort to have her sentence amended to manslaughter.
76NiGhTsHaDe67 (24 days ago)
could you do a biographics about Burke and Hare?
Otis the Cow (28 days ago)
I prefer Jack the Stripper
Rog5446 (1 month ago)
Crippen was never an infamous murderer. The only reason he rose to notoriety, is the fact that he was the first person to be caught by the use of radio telegraphy, and as such went into the history books. He was not even a medical doctor, but a homeopathic medicine man.
VersusARCH (1 month ago)
Battersea mystery and Thames torso murders could easily be the same person. Also Whitehall mystery and other torsos. And it could even be the Ripper. A sadistic meat cart driver prostitute murderer (Charles Cross/Lechmere?!) disposing of the bodies of the prostitutes he murdered and dismembered in a private venue when no witnesses were around and where his cart was normally available to carry the body parts and dispose them in the Thames along with animal bones and unusable intestines, bodies being chopped up for easier handling, packing and to be more easily dismissed as just butchery waste for any surprise faraway onlooker in the night? And at times there were witnesses at the venue, and the killer urge overcame him he murdered random prostitutes on the street? Although them all being one man has the difficulty that at least some of the dismembered body parts were found as far upriver as Chelsea whereas the Ripper most probably was a Whitechappel resident who lilely also worked there if he was employed and it seems to me illogical to go so far upriver to a comparatively richer neighborhood to discard animal bones and/or human body parts in the Thames - I imagine such dropoff points could more readilly be found in the East end or even further downriver. Depending of its time could the tide carried the body parts upriver as far as Chelsea since there was no Thames barrier back then? Although again I imagine and waste dumping into the Thames would normally be made at times when the tide was withdrawing towards the sea precisely to avoid polluting the city...
Thunder Thighs (1 month ago)
This stuff is fine but I totally agree with the prime minister of new Zealand. When she said that the recent mass murder was trying to seek attention for his twisted thoughts and to make a name for himself. We must try are best to forget the killer but remember the victims.
Alfred Cain (1 month ago)
Thames Torso Murders? Well established that they were committed by Magnus Greel and his automaton, the Peking Homunculus. At least in my time period.
jim kaljic (1 month ago)
Seems to me the most infamous crime committed in London was the election of Margaret Thatcher.
TooManyBrackets (1 month ago)
1:03 "Robbie Kray" :-O Simon! What the hell??
Tony Watson (1 month ago)
Robbie kray changed his name in the following years...
DomDiggity (1 month ago)
i'd prolly list the abdicated king edward and his link and plans with adolf hitlah should they have won the war
Knut Raven (1 month ago)
Is it just me, or does all these stories seem likes plots for Edgar Allan Poe short stories..?
Doc Holiday (1 month ago)
Remind me if I travel to the UK not to go to London.
lorry bordieri (1 month ago)
Still waiting for a kray twins bio
grey galah (1 month ago)
gruesome
Larry Olson (1 month ago)
Whoops, no firearms!
John Jones (1 month ago)
They have found DNA evidence, of who, Jack the Ripper, was. Even had pictures, of the man. He was, in fact, a butcher, in slaughter house, area, of old London.
Franny Becker (1 month ago)
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Mark Webster (1 month ago)
a fat poof 1:22
Matt Dougherty (1 month ago)
That's interesting there's been only one prime minister in England that's been assassinated;while in office. We haven't jaffthe same luck here in the United States. We've had four presidents killed in office.
Katie Calabasas (1 month ago)
Thank you for not being monotone. Thank you for not being monotone. Thank you for not being monotone. Thank you for not being monotone. Thank you for not being monotone.
Damon's Old Soul (1 month ago)
I found it interesting that the use of hanging for execution was being used all the way into at least the 1950's. Simon, why is this the case and what changed it, assuming it has changed? I am on the other side of the pond on the shores of Erie.
Atheist Orphan (1 month ago)
Damon's Old Soul - The last execution in Britain was in 1964, and capital punishment was abolished shortly after. ( No European country has it anymore). Public opinion railed against it following the Evans, Bentley and Ellis cases throughout the 1950s, with many public demonstrations demanding its abolition. I happen to live in the town where the last execution by pressing to death was carried out! (We also had the last public auction of women). 🇬🇧
Dilbert Rose (1 month ago)
In the future Simon Whistler will be reanimated to host more internet video services!
Thor (1 month ago)
Omg baby farming
Atheist Orphan (1 month ago)
Thor - Sow them early for a bumper crop.
Druncle Rob (1 month ago)
Why, if someone is executed with a rope it is stated that they were “hanged” rather than hung?
Winnifred Forbes (27 days ago)
It just IS!!
ARubber Duckey (1 month ago)
Hey Simon. How about top 10 things that would happen if yellowstone erupts.
ARubber Duckey (1 month ago)
+Дед Морóз I prefer if. as in "If it will erupt in our lifetime"
Дед Морóз (1 month ago)
When* Yellowstone erupts ;)
Amrok (1 month ago)
Hey simon can you do a bio on the kray twins? They're pretty interesting
Michael Lopez-Lahocki (1 month ago)
This channel is too damn addictive.
Kathy Pappas (1 month ago)
You have the most fascinating podcasts ! Thanks for all you do ! Love them all !
Bom Is Queen (1 month ago)
Didn't you talk about that Burke guy on your podcast?
brianartillery (1 month ago)
Other interesting crimes are those of 'Jack The Stripper' who killed several women in the 1960's, and who was never caught. Then there's the gruesome 'Ratcliff Highway Murders', where the victims were killed with tools. The killer was caught, tried, and executed, and buried at a crossroad junction. Then there's Gordon Cummins, who killed women during the blackout in the last war. His killing weapon of choice? An old style 'Stab & Rip' can opener. He treated his victims as if they were tin cans. Then there's Ginter Wiora, who killed his common law wife with a samurai sword, in south London.
Spencer Percival (1 month ago)
#9 boiii
Sean (1 month ago)
I'm related [great-great nephew] to Francis Tumblety, a major subject of Jack the Ripper who carried womans uteruses around after he fled England. Tumblety was also involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Jeremy Hannaford (1 month ago)
Nice jacket.
Jo Blo (1 month ago)
Simon, I love you!!! Your voice & presentaion are great!! But WHY do you not have a channel/podcast called "Simon Says" ? Cmon man its right there!!
Andrew Vachon (1 month ago)
Several historians have been led to believe that Jack the Ripper was H. H. Holmes.
Darksepheroth (1 month ago)
Your content was interesting for a while but you make so much of it that can be read on wikipedia or some lame click bait listicle site that's already done the hard work of compiling the lists. I'm kind of sick of your content and I'm unsubbing.
Maria Kelly (1 month ago)
Adios!
M W S (1 month ago)
I find it interesting that some people believe that HH Holmes could possibly have been Jack the Ripper. Of course we will never know but he was sick enough to do those kind of things.
z.browning (1 month ago)
4:53 James May! Long way off from cars journalism!
Chad Mearhoff (1 month ago)
Where is the acid bath murders?
Atheist Orphan (1 month ago)
Chad Mearhoff - They didn’t take place in London, hence not in the video.
Andy Revell (1 month ago)
So many black cab drivers claim to have been at the Blind Beggar that night, but not many of them want to talk about what made them switch from being a rent boy to being a cabbie.
mavos1211 (1 month ago)
My friend owns the blind beggar and he shows tourists one of the “bullet holes” in the ceiling but in reality it was done by a pool cue after a pissed up lock in 😂.
rhijulbec1 (1 month ago)
😂 😂 😂
Susan Robinson (1 month ago)
I continue to be amazed by the amount of work your team does. The Kray Twins were a fascinating story in and of themselves; Burke and Hare I just read about a few weeks ago. I have to wonder if the doctor they sold the corpses to had ANY idea what they were up to. He had to, right?
Susan Robinson (1 month ago)
+lagitanavderoscio that would be very cool of you! I love all things related to gore; but it is mainly because I like to try and figure out what happened before the end of various TV shows, movies, books, etc.
lagitanavderoscio (1 month ago)
+Susan Robinson It was not to take their minds off the gore but precisely to propogate it. It was disturbing. If I remember the name I will refer back to this unless someone else saw it. :)
Susan Robinson (1 month ago)
+lagitanavderoscio That...that is crazy!!! Maybe it was to take their minds off of all the gore surrounding them? But if I found out that MY loved ones bits were thrown around for "fun", I would sue. Holy shite!
lagitanavderoscio (1 month ago)
right There was this frightening movie about medical examiner school and the dark games students played. Sickening. They threw body parts at each other.
Timmy Agnew (1 month ago)
You are a very busy man
DARREN DAY (1 month ago)
Part 2 simon
Browning (1 month ago)
Simon my athletes foot has gone away completely but I am currently out of oatmeal. Just wanted you to know that
USS Gray Ghost (1 month ago)
Request for a video one 10 facts about USS Constitution I can name two she is the oldest commissioned war ship still afloat HMS Victory lost that when she was permanently dry docked and she is the only ship of state in the world
smokerjim (1 month ago)
No mention of the Acid Bath Murderer, John Haigh? Or John Christie (10 Rillington Place)? Or even Dennis Nilsen (although I understand if that has potential to upset the relatives of victims), but you could also mention the Shepherds Bush murders.
smokerjim (1 month ago)
+The Cinematic Mind Haigh admitted that his first murder and disposal of the corpse took place 79 Gloucester Road, SW7, then he rented a workshop in Crawley to dispose of the ensuing victims. Slightly tenuous I admit, but it was a series of gruesome crimes that started in London and not in keeping with the image that Haigh projected.
The Cinematic Mind (1 month ago)
smokerjim With John Haigh he also did his murders in Crawley.
David Andrews (1 month ago)
Possible second video topics ...
Joe Terrance universe (1 month ago)
I'm waiting for a person to make a krip joke on the guy who supposedly killed his wife long ago
Owain Shebbeare (1 month ago)
Is this some American reference?
1963Iota (1 month ago)
Great video. I was hoping that Dr. Crippen was included. Didn't know about the DNA update. I have always been fascinated with UK History
Brian George (1 month ago)
1963Iota He is included, #4
Daniel Wilkinson (1 month ago)
Only ten?
Toni Castel (1 month ago)
Fascinating. Thanks.
1969Kismet (1 month ago)
Calling one of the Kray Brothers a poof is simply suicidal. As for Hare and Burke, there's a 2010 comedy about their life. The cast is brilliant with names like Simon Pegg, Tom Wilkinson and Isla Fisher. Very good watch!
Brian George (1 month ago)
+1969Kismet Really, but they were both gay, so what's the problem?
1969Kismet (1 month ago)
+Brian George Lucky for you they're both dead ; )
Brian George (1 month ago)
1969Kismet Yes it was suicidal, especially as they couldn't work out which poof he was talking about.
Lisa 1986 (1 month ago)
It’s like that now too
Cherry Shrimp (1 month ago)
A glass wear designer called Richard Wood. Yeah OK, I'm easily amused.
Cherry Shrimp (2 days ago)
+SRfangirl Yeah totally lol.
SRfangirl (2 days ago)
Especially when one considers what the usual nickname for Richard is.
Joann Bowden (1 month ago)
Simple pleasures for simple minds.... Yeah, we must be related. 🤔😂😆🙄🤣
Nicholas Mars (1 month ago)
Am I the only one who laughed at the fact that the glass designers name is john WOOD.
Yuri (1 month ago)
“You’re a naughty one.....Saucy Jack. You’re a haughty one..... Saucy Jack.”
A Moye (1 month ago)
...
Brian George (1 month ago)
You could do top ten London Murders of the last 6 months.
Owain Shebbeare (1 month ago)
Not really, that would implicate the imbecility of the current mayor and go against the trend of suggesting there is no immigrant, specifically Muslim, knife crime.
Brian George (1 month ago)
+Jak Lawrence I know. It was just a little bit of social commentary.
Jak Lawrence (1 month ago)
They're not exactly that special though. Just a bunch of kids and gangs knifing each other.
Autumn Entertainment (1 month ago)
Dennis Nilsen downvoted this vid
Lisa 1986 (1 month ago)
And Jack the Ripper
Bea Dacut (1 month ago)
Simple yet sophisticated outfit.
MRGRUMPY53 (1 month ago)
Ever read about "Devil in the White City"??? ..Mass murderer at the Chicago World's fair in 1893. Dr. Henry Howard Holmes killed 27.
christine paris (1 month ago)
That book was icy scary. I had heard about Holmes before the book, but the details, ugh!!! Well done book.
James Kendrick (1 month ago)
I think it was the basis of a time traveling hbo show last year!
John Opalko (1 month ago)
"A many years ago, / When I was young and charming, / As some of you may know, / I practised baby farming." -- Little Buttercup, "H.M.S. Pinafore"
Christel Headington (1 month ago)
If you want to be truly infamous, you need a niffty nickname.
Alice Willoughby (1 month ago)
Steve the Stabber? Eileen the Eye-Gouger?
At least the Krays' targets were other criminals, not members of the genera public. I met them once in their favourite pub - The Morpeth Castle.
Brian George (1 month ago)
The Bowman's That is not true I'm afraid. They were vicious thugs who would not have shied away from killing anyone, and probably did. They started their careers with a protection racket, pay up or else.
Susan Robinson (1 month ago)
+DARREN DAY Cue theme song from Police Academy.
DARREN DAY (1 month ago)
Thought there favourite pub was the blue oyster bar?
kieran franey (1 month ago)
Do a show of just the so called the royal family no shortage of crimes of pedophilia mass murder you name it.
Have you a source for this claim?
Kitty Mervine (1 month ago)
also in Paris at one time, baby farming....or sending the baby out to be suckled and raised in the countryside... was common for ALL FAMILIES.  Many children at the time did not make it to age 2 or 3, so it wasn't considered odd that many children never made it back. It was simply that breastfeeding and also the care of a newborn was too bothersome for many families (even middle class), so sending the baby to the country was even considered the fashionable thing to do. It took the French government running a huge PR campaign, to get French mothers to raise their babies. One thing brought up was the new belief that a mother has an influence even on a young infant...the belief before then was that babies don't remember anything so who raises them isn't important.
christine paris (1 month ago)
Did people think it was healthier for the baby to be in the country, or was that not a consideration?
Epic Spartan (1 month ago)
Feels like you dont like what you do , when you write the script of the video like a report not a story that is supposed to attract the listeners ear
christine paris (1 month ago)
He doesn't write them. He is the narrator, the "face" of the channel. There would be a staff of writers, editors and researchers for the topics. I'm not saying you shouldn't complain, I'm just telling you where to point your finger...
Kitty Mervine (1 month ago)
love your jacket. Also, how about...Prime Minsters, Presidents, other leaders of nations, that were also heroes? Say Winston Churchill in South Africa and such? (not sure how much heroics in a Colonial nightmare but still?)
christine paris (1 month ago)
I agree, the jacket is yummy! Style and elegance!!
Mathieu Leader (1 month ago)
Perceval descendant was another PM Winston Chruchill
Mathieu Leader (1 month ago)
my dad had drinks in the blind beggar
Autumn Entertainment (1 month ago)
Its a good pub:)
Plz do a vid on English war crimes while Ireland was under their rule
Autumn Entertainment (1 month ago)
+The Republic Of Ireland if you mean that git William of Orange. Totally with you. He usurped the throne and back then, England and Ireland were less hostile. If you mean recently... then it still all goes back to Pillock of Orange. In the troubles, both sides were being dicks.
+Autumn Entertainment I'm not Pro Provisional IRA but if you look back in history then the Brits killed a lot more irish than the RA killed Brits
Autumn Entertainment (1 month ago)
Only if they do a vid on all the awful murder by the IRA
RockThe Red870 (1 month ago)
Nice suit jacket.
A Moye (1 month ago)
The Night Witches of Russia would be a great topic, Simon. Love your vids man!!!
Watchmaker One (1 month ago)
I think he's done another video on them. Maybe on "today I found out".
Is it true you can sell drugs and not get that much time in the UK?
kymmyfoodforthought (1 month ago)
+Brian George Haha or not paying road or council tax !
Brian George (1 month ago)
+kymmyfoodforthought You won't get away with watching television without a licence.
Lisa 1986 (1 month ago)
Where I live they get a suspended sentence 🙄 and there was a guy on a roof for three days and they gave him food and just waited until he climbed down. This is in the UK
Henryk Gödel (1 month ago)
Just look up Purple Aki to understand how broken the UK's justice system is.
Autumn Entertainment (1 month ago)
Pretty much

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