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Billy in the Bowl.

Billy was born in Dublin in the mid eighteenth century; without legs, he got about by propelling himself along in an iron bowl with his arms, He lived in the neighborhood of Stoneybatter, near Arbour Hill in northwest Dublin.

He lured passersby to his side by appealing to their sympathy, using the exceptional strength in his arms he strangled them and stole their purse. Eventually he was caught and convicted, he was sentenced to 'As much hard labour as his condition would allow, for the rest of his days.'