William Brodie

Birthday
28, 1741
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 1, 1788 (47)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
28, 1741
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 1, 1788 (47)

About

18th century English criminal who famously used his job as a cabinet maker to create copies of keys and rob his clients. Due to his status as an Edinburgh City Councilor, he is often cited as an example of someone who lived a double life.

Before Fame

He learned the art of cabinet-making from his father and soon became one of the most respected craftsman in Edinburgh.

Trivia

His secret criminal lifestyle inspired author Robert Louis Stevenson to write the classic book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Family Life

He had five children with two different mistresses.

Associated With

He was played by actor Billy Connolly in a TV movie called Deacon Brodie.