From gaslit city streets to dark wooded estates, crime was rife in Victorian Britain; through a wide array of historical court records, newspaper accounts and prison books, The Victorian Criminal gives a fascinating overview of those involved in it. Within these pages may be found accounts of petty criminals and poachers, baby farmers and notorious murderers, along with stories of the development of detective forces and forensic techniques. Countless novels, plays and films are testament to an enduring fascination with the dark aspects of the time and place that gave us Sherlock Holmes, Wilkie Collins and the great works of Charles Dickens.
About the Author
Neil Storey is a social historian and lecturer specializing in military and crime history themes. His crime books include: 'London Crime', 'Death and Debauchery, East End Murders', 'Jack the Ripper's London' and 'Victorian Prisons and Prisoners'. He has written 'The Home Guard' and (with Molly Housego) 'Women in the First World War' for Shire.
Table of Contents
Introduction / The Rural Criminal / The Urban Criminal / Crimes of Their Time / Reform / Infamous Murders / Jack the Ripper / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index