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Crime & Criminals of Victorian London

By (author) Adrian Gray
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: Phillimore & Co Ltd
Published: 1st Sep 2006
Dimensions: w 186mm h 245mm d 13mm
Weight: 617g
ISBN-10: 1860773923
ISBN-13: 9781860773921
Barcode No: 9781860773921
Synopsis
In this comprehensive work, familiar Dickensian themes of grisly murders and ragged street urchins are joined by other dramatic cases, which show patterns of crime and illustrate the causes and effects of changes in criminal law. The author shows how both pure greed and genuine mental illness were responsible for unpleasant cases - such as the murder of an elderly aristocrat in his bed or the poisoning of a series of 'working girls'. Changes in the law are charted, showing how new offences were created from old customs, and how the law was updated to deal with modern problems such as motor cars.In a book that covers the complete range of crime, the reader will meet many colourful characters including Courvoisier, a murderous butler. With many gruesome details and excellent illustrations, this book will appeal to London and Victorian historians as well as the macabre-minded.

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