Opposite St. George's Church in York which stands not far from Walmgate Bar , lies a small graveyard which contains the last resting place of the notorious eighteenth century highwayman Dick Turpin. Turpin's body was carried there for burial following his execution at the York Tyburn. Richard "Dick" Turpin bapt. He was the fifth of six children born to John Turpin and Mary Elizabeth nee Parmenter and was baptised there on 21 September
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Richard Dick Turpin bap. Turpin may have followed his father's profession as a butcher early in life, but by the early s he had joined a gang of deer thieves, and later became a poacher, burglar, horse thief and murderer. He is also known for a fictional mile km overnight ride from London to York on his steed Black Bess, a story that was made famous by the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth almost years after Turpin's death. Turpin's involvement in the crime for which he is most closely associated—highway robbery—followed the arrest of the other members of his gang in He then disappeared from public view towards the end of that year, only to resurface in with two new accomplices, one of whom he may have accidentally shot and killed. Turpin fled from the scene and shortly afterwards killed a man who attempted his capture, before later that year moving to Yorkshire and assuming the alias of John Palmer. While he was staying at an inn, local magistrates became suspicious of "Palmer", and made enquiries as to how he funded his lifestyle.
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However, his story is actually full of more crimes than he is well known for. This change first occurred when he got involved with a local gang — often referred to as the Gregory Gang — who were deer thieves. However, as gang members diminished in numbers, the gang changed its focus from deer poaching to house burglary. They committed many such burglaries until , when 3 gang members were arrested and jailed; one of these, John Wheeler, gave descriptions to the Police of the gang members still at loose. Jeremiah Gregory also died in jail from a shot wound sustained during his capture, but would have been executed had he lived.
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