Mal was known to find prostitutes for both genders, and found young male lovers for disenchanted older wives. She was a thief and a fence in the London underground, and had dozens of thieves working under her.

She was thought to be “the first woman who smoked” and she did so publicly, while wearing men’s clothing just because they said she couldn’t. She was called “the roaring woman” and had plays written for her.

She paid a 2000 pound bribe to avoid being hanged, she was very wealthy.

She got “maudlin drunk” before court once and just wept uncontrollably the whole time and they let her go.

She kept parrots and bred mastiffs. Her dogs were particularly special to her: each had its own bed with sheets and blankets. She prepared their food herself.