Edward Low was a notorious pirate during the latter days of the Golden
Age of Piracy, in the early 18th century. He was born around 1690 into
poverty in Westminster, London, and was a thief and a scoundrel from a
young age. Low moved to Boston, Massachusetts as a young man.
Following the death of his wife during childbirth in late 1719, he
became a pirate two years later, operating off the coasts of New
England, the Azores, and in the Caribbean. He captained a number of
ships, usually maintaining a small fleet of three or four. Low and his
pirate crews captured at least a hundred ships during his short
career, burning most of them. Although he was only active for three
years, Low remains notorious as one of the most vicious pirates of the
age, with a reputation for violently torturing his victims before
killing them. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle described Low as "savage and
desperate", and a man of "amazing and grotesque brutality". The New
York Times called him a torturer, whose methods would have "done
credit to the ingenuity of the Spanish Inquisition in its darkest
days". The circumstances of Low's death, which took place around 1724,
have been the subject of much speculation.
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