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Today I start my third year classes at the University of Northampton teaching and working with students on a module entitled ‘Crime and Popular Culture... read more »
On this date in 1769, a prolific Swedish burglar named John Martin Andrew went to Tyburn for burgling a Foster Lane jeweler to the tune of seven pair of... read more »
Sometimes I find that the original ‘headline’ is just too tempting not to use. This one, from Lloyd’s Weekly in 1885 sets up a case... read more »
  Alison Eatwell has an easy narrative style which she uses to good effect in this study of early nineteenth-century petitions for clemency,... read more »
Kate Driscoll was a regular in the Clerkenwell Police Court. The 25 year-old book folder* of ‘no fixed abode’ had been sent to prison on numerous... read more »
On this date in 1917 — with the parting cry, “Je demande pardon à la France! Vive la France!” — 18-year-old Grenoble seamstress... read more »
Stagg & Mantle’s store on Leicester Square One of the things that fascinates me whilst reading the reports of the Victorian police courts is... read more »
From the Birmingham Daily Post of January 11, 1864: On Saturday, at noon, the ex-policeman, Luke Charles, who was sentenced to death at the recent Liverpool... read more »
Dobie Gillis Williams was executed by Louisiana on this date in 1999. Sister Helen Prejean, the Louisiana nun of Dead Man Walking fame, ministered to Williams... read more »
Sometimes the newspaper ‘headlines’ above a story have a tendency to exaggerate. Now I’m sure that comes as no surprise to anyone reading... read more »
On this date in 1528, brothers Augustin and Christoph Perwanger were beheaded as heretical Anabaptists — “a third baptism, with blood,”... read more »
In the 1860s The Era was a newspaper that served the entertainment industry. It carried stories about the theatre but also covered the rest of... read more »
French criminal turned seminal criminologist Eugene Francois Vidocq on this date in 1806 witnessed the fate he might have shared when his former underworld... read more »
I own a small piece of the Berlin Wall, from Checkpoint Charlie. Well at least that’s what it says it is on the attached postcard a good friend gave... read more »
This from the Albany Journal of January 8, 1866, whose subject should not be confused with the prolific Victorian erotica publisher of the same name. The... read more »
Wharf on the River Lea, c.1890 When William Clark arrived at the Ridley, Whiteley & Co. factory on Angel Road Edmonton he was already drunk. It was... read more »
A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society, by Edwin Landseer (1838) Madame Courtney was a ‘foreign’ (probably French) dressmaker who ‘spoke... read more »
From the London Times, Jan. 5, 1957: VIENNA, Jan. 4 — Budapest radio said to-day that the Budapest military court had sentenced a 25-year-old Budapest... read more »
Joseph Allen was walking out with his ‘sweetheart’ on Kingsland Road in Dalston in early January 1878. It was just after midnight when the... read more »
Thanks to receiving a large number of old family photographs from my cousin Mike, I've at last got round to investigating the family tree on my mother's... read more »
From the Essex Register, Jan. 1, 1812. TRIAL FOR MURDER. From the New York Morning Post. Court of Oyer and Terminer, Thursday, 28th November, 1811 —... read more »
Posted by Krista Kesselring; 2 January 2018. This is a story that begins in Southwark in the 1630s and ends, most likely, in Guyana. It touches upon female... read more »
Caledonian Road market, late 1800s London was a cosmopolitain city in the nineteenth century. I have been tracing my family tree and have discovered that... read more »
With a surname like his, it was perhaps inevitable that Adolf Dumpig would grow up to be a butcher. There was no reason, though, why he had to be a butcher... read more »
Nuremberg executioner Franz Schmidt on this date in 1588 broke on the wheel two of the countless violent thieves that haunted the byways of early modernity.... read more »
On New Year’s Day of 1857, Serbian Dedea Redanies was hanged in front of the Maidstone gaol for the shocking, out-of-nowhere murder of two English... read more »
London’s police magistrate courts were created (officially) by the passing of the Middlesex Justices Act (1792). This established seven new ‘Police... read more »