fearsome, cunning and long-lived
Blackbeard the Pirate
A colorful figure, literally and figuratively, cut quite a swath in his 38 years (1680-1718).
This fantastic painting — artist unknown to me — seems to capture the narrative about him better than any other I found.
Why do criminals and psychopaths reach such notoriety in infamy? The only recorded redeeming trait Blackbeard had apparently was not outright killing his captives and enemies.
What picture would be painted of today's pirates?
- dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
- an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.