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(found by googling Benjamin Barker) http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/weird/todd/index_1.html?sect=3the real question would probably be more like "how did they decide on a common-sounding name like Benjamin Barker from the starting point of Sweeney Todd?"
Better question- how dies an ordinary guy, wife, child, ordinary job . . . become a serial killer set on revenge? Can unjust jailing cause someone to become that warped, or would he have become that way if left alone to lead his life?
Sweene is a real name its irish