These were allegedly used on Jack Sheppard, an 18th-century thief and hero to the working classes. According to a ghostwritten narrative of his life (Daniel Defoe is one of several names put forward as the possible author), the young carpenter had gone astray after visiting a tavern near Drury Lane. Several bouts of spoon-stealing, pickpocketing and burglary later, he made his name by escaping jail four times in 1724, fashioning ropes from prison bedclothes, climbing gates and breaking through barred doors. His fate was sealed when he raided a pawnbroker, stole a suit, a wig, rings and a watch and spent the night with two prostitutes. He was arrested the following morning and imprisoned at Newgate, where the jailers charged the public four shillings to see him. He was hanged at Tyburn, aged 22.