Jonathan Wild

1683 - 1725

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Jonathan Wild, also spelled Wilde (1682 or 1683 – 24 May 1725), was a London underworld figure notable for operating on both sides of the law, posing as a public-spirited crimefighter entitled the "Thief-Taker General". Wild simultaneously ran a significant criminal empire, and used his crime fighting role to remove rivals and launder the proceeds of his own crimes. Wild exploited a strong public demand for action during a major London 18th-century crime wave in the absence of any effective police force. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonathan Wild has received more than 368,660 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Jonathan Wild is the 141st most popular extremist (down from 108th in 2019), the 2,165th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,790th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Extremist.

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Among extremists, Jonathan Wild ranks 141 out of 205Before him are Dean Corll, Stand Watie, John Haigh, Nancy Spungen, Joseph Kony, and Richard Ramirez. After him are Frank James, Tsutomu Miyazaki, Dmitry Ilyich Ulyanov, Anatoly Onoprienko, Dokka Umarov, and Matteo Messina Denaro.

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Among people born in 1683, Jonathan Wild ranks 17Before him are Christoph Graupner, Johann David Heinichen, Burkhard Christoph von Münnich, Gottfried Silbermann, Christian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Lorenz Heister. After him is Mark Catesby. Among people deceased in 1725, Jonathan Wild ranks 6Before him are Peter the Great, Alessandro Scarlatti, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Mahmud Hotak, and Arai Hakuseki. After him are José Benito de Churriguera and Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Jonathan Wild ranks 2,165 out of 6,924Before him are Stephen Dillane (1957), Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893), Christine McVie (1943), Stephen Daldry (1960), Gary Hocking (1937), and John Mills (1908). After him are Susannah York (1939), Barbara Steele (1937), William Robert Grove (1811), Andrew Smith (1797), Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom (1777), and John Biscoe (1794).

Among EXTREMISTS In United Kingdom

Among extremists born in United Kingdom, Jonathan Wild ranks 7Before him are Sawney Bean (1600), Emperor Norton (1818), Mary Bell (1957), John Adams (1767), Harold Shipman (1946), and John Haigh (1909). After him are Fred West (1941), Guy Burgess (1911), John Bodkin Adams (1899), Howard Marks (1945), Peter Sutcliffe (1946), and Stuart Christie (1946).