- Tip: Navigate with your left and right arrow keys1It may be hard to believe, but the most notorious pirate to ever live was a former prostitute named Ching Shih, the wife of pirate Zheng Yi and later the wife of the couple's adopted son Cheun Po Tsai. Sounds twisted, right? Ching Shih terrorized coastal villages from Macau to Canton in the People's Republic of China until she eventually gave up her pirating ways, living out her 69 years running a casino and brothel.
[In the "Pirates" movies, she's depicted as "Mistress Ching," one of the members of the Brethren Court.]
Age: Died at 59 (1785-1844)
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