Jonathan Wild masterminded several robberies using organized gangs of thieves (many of whom he had met in debtors' prison). He also built an intricate network for the disposal of the stolen property. Finally arrested for theft, he was sentenced to be hanged at Tyburn...

Having picked the pocket of the priest called to the gallows to administer the last rites, Wild died triumphantly waving the cleric's corkscrew at the crowd below.

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