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17681797-17991799
Known as "Big" Harpe, he and his brother Wiley "Little" Harpe were murderers, serial killers, highwaymen, and river pirates, who operated in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Mississippi in the late 18th century. Their crimes appear to have been motivated more by blood lust than financial gain and they are likely America's first true "serial killers" (reckoned from the colonial era forward). The Harpe Brothers were associates of Samuel Mason and Peter Alston.
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Micajah Harpe17681797
 
17991799

Victor Huguesunknown1790
 
1799unknown
 Born in Marseille, this Frenchman lost his business in Haiti when the slaves there demanded freed...
Jean Blanckmannunknown1798
 
1799unknown
 Corsair, captured by the British
Captain George Roundsivelunknown1708
 
18 unknown
 Of the Bahama Islands. He refused to avail himself of King George's pardon to all pirates in 1717...
Jonathan Haradenunknown1745
 
1803unknown
 Privateer
Samuel Mason1739, Nov 81790
 
18031803
 a Virginia militia captain on the American western frontier during the Revolutionary War, who sub...
Peter Alston1765 ca1797
 
18041804, Feb 8
 the late 18th Century and early 19th Century counterfeiter and river pirate, who was believed to ...
Wiley Harpe17701797
 
18041804, Feb 8
 Known as "Little" Harpe, he and his brother Micajah "Big" Harpe were murderers, serial killers,...
Cheng I17651790
 
18071807, Nov 16
 a powerful Chinese pirate operating from Canton (Guangdong) and throughout the South China Sea in...
Stephen Decatur Sr.1751, Jun1770
 
18091808, Nov 11
 an American naval captain in the Revolutionary War and later in the Quasi-War. He was the father ...
Edward Jordan17711794
 
18091809
 an Irish rebel, fisherman and pirate in Nova Scotia. He was typical of the violent but short-live...
Robert Surcouf1773, Dec 121798
 
18091827, Jul 8
 a French privateer and slave trader who operated in the Indian Ocean between 1789 and 1801, and a...
Joshua Barneyunknown1759
 
1818unknown
 an American Navy officer who served in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War. He late...
Hezekiah Frith17631790
 
18191848
 an 18th-century British ship owner with the reputation of a "gentleman privateer", who engaged in...
Barthelemy Lafon17691790
 
18201820, Sep 29
 a notable Creole architect, engineer, city planner, and surveyor in New Orleans, Louisiana. He ap...
Jose Gaspar17561783
 
18211821
 a purported Spanish pirate, the "last of the Buccaneers," who is claimed to have raided the west ...
Henri Caesar1791 ca1791
 
18301830
 allegedly a 19th-century Haitian revolutionary and pirate. Efforts to find historical evidence of...
Kazimierz Lux17801795
 
18461846
 an officer of the Polish Legions and a pirate in the Caribbean Sea during the early 19th century....
Juan Gomez17811790
 
18891900, Jul 13
 Brother-in-law of the famous pirate Gasparilla. Died, credited with the great age of 120 years, a...
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