Dick Turpin

31 March 1739

York, March 23.   Yesterday John almer, alias Richard Turpin, was tried here, and convicted upon two several indictments for horse-stealing. ... Since he was suspected to be Turpin, the whole country have flock'd here to see him, and have been very liberal to him, insomuch that he has had wine constantly before him 'till his trial, and 'tis said the Jailer has made 100l. by selling liquors to him and his visitors. Tho' the fellow has made a great noise in the world, he'll now die like a dog. (Read's Weekly Journal)

14 April, 1739

On Saturday last Turpin was executed at York. At the gallows he acknowledg'd hiimself to be the very man that shot the Keeper of Epping Forest; and also confess'd that he shot one of his comrades, for which he was very sorry, but shew'd no concern for shooting the Keeper, saying, it was no more than what he deserv'd. (Read's Weekly Journal)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Dick Turpin", 30 December 2005 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/turpin.htm>

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