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James Macleane, the gentleman highwayman at the bar

“A broadside on the trial of the robber James Maclaine; with an etching showing the interior of a court room, the judges seated on the left, Maclaine standing on the right, in the middle background a lady standing, giving evidence in his favour; and...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 14 Feb 2022

A true copy of the paper, delivered the night before her execution

Author: Malcolm, Sarah, approximately 1710-1733, author. Title: A true copy of the paper, delivered the night before her execution / by Sarah Malcom, to the Rev. Mr. Piddington … March 6th, 1732-3. Publication: London : Printed for J. Wilford, behind...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 5 Nov 2021

A Brief History of Crime Literature | Stephen Basdeo

By Stephen Basdeo, a historian and writer based in Leeds, UK.[1] Unless otherwise stated, all images are from books in my private collection. There are few subjects that interest us more generally, than the adventures of robbers and banditti. In...

Authentic account of forgeries and frauds….

Uniform Title: Authentic account of forgeries and frauds of various kinds committed by Charles Price, otherwise Patch. Title: A new edition, being a more minute and particular account of that consummate adept in deception, Charles Price, otherwise Patch,...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 1 Jun 2021

Sarah Malcolm

A reversed copy of a Hogarth print. Portrait of Sarah Malcolm, shown three-quarter length and seated as she leans with her hands on a table to left, looking back over her left shoulder. She wears a white apron and a white shawl over her head. A bloody...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 24 May 2021

Hanging the Slave Traders

Books with the title of The Newgate Calendar were published as early as the mid-eighteenth century. Mostly they were collections of “Last Dying Speeches” of criminals and short biographies of felons such as Jack Sheppard, Dick Turpin, and...

The Fine Art of Murder

Stephen Basdeo This website usually deals with the ‘fun’ side of crime history by discussing mobsters, outlaws, and highwaymen. Yet not all portrayals of crime and criminals were wild and brave characters as Walter Scott depicted them, and...

Jack’s Story: The True Story of a Poor Boy in 19th-Century New York

By Stephen Basdeo I recently came across a fascinating book titled Darkness and Daylight; or, Lights and Shadows of New York Life (1891). Inspired by books such as Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor (1851), Andrew Mearns The Bitter...

Red Katy and her Customers

By Stephen Basdeo Robert Fabian (1901–1978) began his career as a police constable in London. He rose through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police and was eventually appointed to the rank of detective superintendent. The sights he saw could have...

The longevity of Mary Aubry who was executed by burning in 1688

Sometimes during my research, which currently involves collecting and collating information about the treatment of a corpse after death, I come across the story of an individual who has sparked something within the minds of his or her contemporaries and...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 30 Jul 2019

The Female Vagrant

By Stephen Basdeo English authorities always seems to have had a harsh attitude towards its destitute and homeless people, or vagrants. At the height of the Black Death in medieval England, when labour was becoming scarce and many people, understandably,...

Review: “The 19th-Century Underworld: Crime, Controversy & Corruption” by Stephen Carver

By Stephen Basdeo Everyone nowadays seems fascinated by the Victorian criminal underworld. From Ripper Street to Peaky Blinders, it seems people cannot get enough of murdered sex workers and brutal yet gentlemanly gangsters. We all now know the tropes:...

Crime in a Communist Utopia

“Up at the League, says a friend, there had been one night a brisk conversational discussion, as to what would happen on the Morrow of the Revolution, finally shading off into a vigorous statement by various friends of their views on the future...

Gender in Early Modern Anatomical Images

In 1719, the cousins of the Italian-trained wax modeller Guillaume Desnoües brought some of his anatomical waxworks to London. These were shown with the claim that they could be seen ‘without exciting the feeling of horror men usually have...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 13 Dec 2018

Order authorizing payment to Jonathan Forward….

Manuscript signed by the Prime Minister, Robert Walpole ordering George Earl of Halifax to arrange payment to the merchant Jonathan Forward, for transporting 66 convicts from Newgate Jail to His Majesties plantations in America aboard the ship Anne, Captain...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 12 Dec 2018

Depictions of women in woodcuts for criminal biographies

Throughout the early modern period little care was taken in presenting realistically identifiable women on the front of pamphlet literature, especially those pamphlets that depict female criminals. This is apparent in the ‘Life’ of Catherine...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 21 Nov 2018

John Bellingham

Three-quarter length portrait of Bellingham standing in profile to the left, holding an open letter. Title: John Bellingham [graphic] : taken at the Sessions House, Old Bailey, May 15th, 1812. Publication: [Dublin] : Pub....
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 25 Sep 2018

Gin, guns and getaways: How a bushranger gang pulled off Australia's largest gold heist

PHOTO: Infamous bushrangers Frank Gardiner (left) and Ben Hall were part of the gang that pulled off the audacious heist (State Library Victoria)http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-26/how-a-bushranger-gang-pulled-off-australias-biggest-gold-heist/10152580
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 27 Aug 2018

The dark history behind four common idioms and expressions.

Raise your right hand.https://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/24874.aspxhttps://www.britannica.com/topic/branding-identificationhttps://nwsidebar.wsba.org/2013/10/21/raise-right-hand-court/
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 15 Aug 2018

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