Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels
Whether anarchists, criminals, free thinkers or revolutionaries, outlaws hold a perennial fascination for the safe, law-abiding majority. Lavishly illustrated in colour and black and white, this book charts the exploits of forest outlaws from Robin Hood to Henry Thoreau; seafarers such as Francis Drake and the female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read; sharpshooters such as Jesse James and Billy the Kid; and city hoodlums from Bonnie and Clyde to Jacques Mesrine.
Scotland Yard's First Cases
Dickens said that Scotland Yard detectives gave the impression of 'strong mental excitement'. Readers of this book will understand why. It records how, when the force's detective branch was set up in 1842, the favoured murder weapon was the cut-throat razor, fingerprinting was 50 years away and the only way to contact a colleague was by post. Including such classic cases as the Custom House Fraud and the Battersea Murder, it provides valuable insight into Victorian police procedure.
Murder and Crime: Leeds
As the town of Leeds burgeoned during the Industrial Revolution to become the metropolis of Yorkshire, its swelling population brought an increase in crime. Drawing on court records and other sources, this casebook charts the darker side of the city's history from 1800 to 1900, including the stories of John Dearden, who took a revolver to his wife's head, and Ann Barber, who murdered her husband with a poisoned apple.
Murder and Crime: Stirling
Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling is an ancient city with a long and often bloodthirsty history, the dark streets of its Old Town providing a haven for ne'er-do-wells. Illustrated with a wide range of archive material, this book trawls though the town's grisly catalogue of fraud, robbery, assault and murder. Ten cases are examined in depth, while an appendix explores the work of the Circuit Court of Justiciary.
Beggars, Cheats and Forgers
A History of Frauds Through the Ages
Identity theft and pyramid schemes seem very modern problems, but such scams rely on the same techniques that have been used by fraudsters throughout history to exploit their victims' greed, vanity or naivety. David Thomas has delved into the National Archives to uncover the stories behind a host of cons, forged documents and fraudulent beggars - as well as a 70-year spate of 'Spanish prisoner' letters, the Victorian ancestors of today's emails from Nigerian princes.
A History: 1883-2006
The Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police was originally formed to combat a campaign of Irish republican terrorism, but soon took on wider responsibility for the monitoring of anarchists, Bolsheviks and suffragettes. This book presents a complete history of the service until its 2006 merger with the Anti-Terrorist Branch. Combining documentary sources with recollections from their own former colleagues in Special Branch, the authors trace its distinguished history and describe many acts of bravery and high-risk intelligence-gathering.
Cornwall Murder Files
Famous Cases Solved and Unsolved
A murder case usually excites public interest and when the crime takes place in a small community it is perhaps even more of a sensation. This true crime selection recounts a number of interesting murders committed in Cornwall during the later 20th and early 21st centuries and includes some intriguing unsolved killings such as that of millionaire farmer Les Bate in 2002.
They All Love Jack
Busting the Ripper
The mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper's crimes has led to more than a century of obsessive theorizing about his identity. Now, indignant at Ripperologists' tendency to believe the 19th century's 'greatest liars', Bruce Robinson offers 'a repudiation of virtually everything' published on the subject; his lengthy but lively analysis of the evidence exposes a web of corruption and cover-up that helped the killer to escape. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
'Brandy for the parson, 'baccy for the clerk...' The 'gentlemen' of Kipling's A Smuggler's Song embody the popular romantic view of practitioners of what others called 'that infamous traffick'. This book charts the history of contraband, from its rise in the 18th century, when heavy import duties made it highly lucrative, to its bloody suppression in the 1830s. It includes the exploits of the Hawkhurst gang, notorious for dealing in corruption, terrorism and murder.
Pinkerton's Great Detective
The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland
Created in 1850, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency used operatives renowned for their skills of subterfuge, infiltration and investigation - and none more so than James McParland, who even featured in a Sherlock Holmes story. This detailed but very readable biography from the author of Nimrod charts the famous cases of this real-life super-sleuth, including his infiltration of the Molly Maguires and his hunt for the Wild Bunch, and sheds new light on Pinkerton's cloak-and-dagger methods.
The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood
The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels and Became the King's Secret Agent
One morning in May 1671, a man disguised as a parson entered the Tower of London and stole the Crown Jewels. When caught, Colonel Thomas Blood, conspirator, turncoat and spy, was not executed for treason but granted a generous income in the service of the King. Against the sinister intrigues of the Stuart court, this biography paints a vivid picture of this wily, ambitious and reckless adventurer, whom Charles II found more useful alive than dead.
Great Hoaxers, Artful Fakers and Cheating Charlatans
They say that 'there's a sucker born every minute'; this book reveals some of the varied and sometimes shocking scams that have fooled the unwary. Beginning with a woman who claimed to have survived 9/11, here are the (true) stories of 32 forgers and frauds, including such celebrated cases as the Cottingley Fairies, Count Cagliostro, Princess Caraboo, the Hitler diaries - and the contestant who cheated to win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
The History of the Thames River Police
From solving grisly killings and foiling would-be pirates to talking suicidal Londoners down from Tower Bridge, the Thames River Police have always had a tough and varied range of duties. This book explores the history of the force from its foundation in 1798 by Patrick Colquhoun and John Harriott to today's hi-tech operations. Its grisly catalogue of shipwrecks, smuggling, ritual murder and organized crime sheds valuable light on a little-known aspect of the life of the metropolis.
Blood of Kings
The Stuarts, the Ruthvens and the 'Gowrie Conspiracy'
In 1600, at their house in Perth, the Earl of Gowrie and his brother were stabbed to death by the attendants of James VI, who alleged they were attempting to kill the king. The brothers' decomposing corpses were later propped up in a courtroom and tried for treason. In this gripping work of historical detection Davies probes the gruesome mystery to establish why James, who would ascend the English throne less than three years later, should wish to exterminate this noble family.
Crime in Wartime London
At a time when most Londoners were pulling together in the face of terrible adversity, a criminal minority was taking advantage of blitz and blackout to rob and murder. Here, the renowned crime writer Simon Read paints a vivid picture of what life was like in 1940s London as he describes the crimes of the most notorious killers, among them the 'Blackout Ripper', the Elephant Boys, John 'Acid Bath' Haigh and the infamous Rillington Place murderer, John Christie.
Foul Deeds in Islington
Islington may now be one of the most fashionable areas of London, but it was once a dark and dangerous place. This absorbing book charts the many shocking crimes committed within its purlieus, and profiles their perpetrators: police killers Thomas Cooper and Ronald Marwood, the poisoner George Chapman, the child murderer Celestina Somner, and Kenneth Halliwell, who bludgeoned his lover, the playwright Joe Orton, to death on Noel Road.
A Sightseer's Guide to the Capital of Crime
From Newgate Prison to the West London flat where Lord Lucan murdered his nanny, this illustrated gazetteer lists the locations around the capital that have played host to notorious crimes such as the Christie and Crippen murders, arch villains such as the Richardsons or famous London crime-fighters. The book also includes comprehensive guided walks visiting sites associated with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and the Krays.
Return of the Thin Man
After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man
Following the success of MGM's film adaptation of his novel The Thin Man in 1934, Dashiell Hammett wrote the two novellas published here as screen stories for sequels. After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man continue the exploits of ex- detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora, with knife-edge dialogue and hairpin plot twists. Edited, with introductions, by Richard Layman and Julie M Rivett.
The Gallery of Missing Masterpieces
The current wealth of the art market is making it more attractive than ever to thieves and unethical dealers. Illustrated with reproductions of missing works and drawing on the work of Julian Radcliffe of the Art Loss Register, this volume tells the stories of stolen paintings and artefacts ranging from Old Masters to Warhol screen prints and examines topics such as the looting of antiquities, Nazi art theft and the problems facing the art world today.
The Great Train Robbery
A New History
The theft of millions of pounds from a Post Office train in 1963 was a masterpiece of planning but the gang's behaviour thereafter was as inept as the robbery was daring. This new telling of the celebrated crime takes advantage of evidence that has emerged since the 2000 Freedom of Information Act and tracks the story from the night of the attack and through 50 years of sensational media coverage.
Famous London Cases
John J Eddleston tells the stories of 25 women who committed crimes including forgery, theft, rioting and murder, in and around London. The cases range from Catherine Hayes, burnt alive for murdering her husband in 1726, to Ruth Ellis who was found guilty of murder and hanged amid great controversy in 1955 - she was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Guildford
Covering crimes ranging from killing newborns to parricide, this book chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Guildford's criminal history during the 19th and 20th centuries. It describes in detail each of 22 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths around Oxfordshire
From a baby-eating pig in 14th century Oxford to Victorian murders, this book chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Oxfordshire's history. It describes in detail each of 27 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths around Uxbridge
From the burning of the Uxbridge Martyrs during the reign of Mary Tudor, to the suicide of a convicted murderer in 1981, this book chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Uxbridge's history. It describes in detail each of 22 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Blackburn and Hyndburn
From sensational Victorian murders to the Guy Fawkes Night killing in Rishton in 1927, this book chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Blackburn and Hyndburn's past. It describes in detail each of 11 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and around Colchester
From George Eagles, hanged, drawn and quartered in 1557, to the riddle of the Fingringhoe skeleton in 1937, this book chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Colchester's history. It describes in detail each of 16 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Jersey
After a brief history of the island, Glynis Cooper chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Jersey's history, from abduction and rape of its women in 1299 to the tragedies of the Nazi Occupation, 1940-45. The book describes in detail over 30 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Foul Deeds in Richmond and Kingston
From the early 19th century to the 1950s, Jonathan Oates chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Richmond and Kingston's history. He describes in detail each of 20 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Notorious Murders of the Twentieth Century
Famous and Forgotten British Cases
As varied, enigmatic and unpredictable as the crime itself, this collection of 21 murder cases includes famous unsolved homicides such as the murder of Julia Wallace in Liverpool in 1931; particularly savage cases such as Buck Ruxton's killing of two women in Dumfriesshire in 1935; the first murderer convicted on fingerprint evidence; and a death sentence passed in 1992 - on the Isle of Man.
Yorkshire's Multiple Killers
From 1915, when William Birkitt killed the first of his three victims, to the trial and conviction of James Paton for his second murder in 2005, this book describes in detail 23 cases of multiple killers with Yorkshire associations. Some of the murders were committed in prison, while others - to the added distress of the victims' friends and family - were done following a convicted murderer's release.
The Great Train Robbery
and Most Infamous British Crimes
The perpetrators of the Brink's-Mat robbery of 1983 were expecting a substantial cash haul but ended up carrying away 6,800 gold bars, worth ú22 million, most of which have never been recovered. Illustrated with contemporary newspaper cuttings and many photographs of the crime scenes, investigations and protagonists, this book tells the story of 17 of the most sensational crimes in British history including the Charlotte Street Robbery and notorious murder cases such as the Yorkshire Ripper and the Acid Bath Murderer.
Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages
Medieval England was no stranger to crime, and punishments were harsh, from flogging and the stocks to hanging, drawing and quartering. This accessible collection of translated source material goes beyond the sensational to examine the legal framework of English justice between c.1215 and 1485. It takes the reader though the stages of prosecution, trial and punishment, provides vignettes of both heinous and petty crimes, outlines the ethical responsibilities of judges and officials, and describes extra-judicial methods of settling disputes.
The Invention of Murder
How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
The tradition of British detective fiction developed in parallel with the new Victorian police force as real-life murder cases inspired not only novels but also broadsides, waxworks, melodramas and puppet shows. In her exploration of a century of murder, Flanders uses the stories of the most notorious cases, from Burke and Hare to Jack the Ripper, to build up a picture of Victorian society and the evolving representations of crime and criminals in popular culture.