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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...

January 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A POEM on the Execution of William Shaw.” True crime!  News of the murder of Edward East circulated widely in New England.  The Massachusetts Gazette and...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Jan 2021

A Murder-Suicide in Stephen Basdeo’s Victorian Ancestors: The Case of George Leedham (1871)

By Stephen Basdeo I have been doing a lot of work this past year tracing my ancestors and discovering their history. Imagine how delighted (wrong word, perhaps!) I was when I discovered that, on my mother’s side (my father is from Guyana, and it’s...

May 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The LIFE and CONFESSION of HERMAN ROSENCRANTZ; Executed in the city of Philadelphia.” True crime!  James Chattin hoped to capitalize on interest in current events...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 May 2020

Gamaliel Ratsey (d.1605): The Man whose Life Kick-started the “True Crime” Genre

By Stephen Basdeo Gamaliel Ratsey was born in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, during the late sixteenth century.[1] Little is known of Ratsey’s early life; his father, Richard, and his wife had several children and provided them all with a good education,...

Writing about Murder Knocks Twice

The launch of MURDER KNOCKS TWICE has been such a whirlwind!  But I do enjoy meeting readers at my book events, and telling new stories about my research and writing.I've also had the chance to write a few blog posts on different aspects of my research...
From: Susanna Calkins, Author on 26 May 2019

Scottish Grifters Con the Rich Out of Money in 1720s Edinburgh #History #Scotland

Long before films like The Grifters or The Cincinnati Kid, a group of Scottish card sharps stole from the Rich. Or did they just understand the mathematics of probability, human psychology and the art of the con? What they did wasn’t illegal in...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 7 Aug 2018

Blind Justice in Eugene Sue’s “The Mysteries of Paris” (1842–3)

By Stephen Basdeo In the 19 June 1842, issue of the Parisian magazine, Journal des Debats, a new serialised novel appeared entitled The Mysteries of Paris, which ran weekly until 15 October 1843. The novel was written by Eugene Sue (1804-57),...

‘The Prince of Pick-Pockets’: George Barrington (1755-1804)

George Waldron, alias Barrington, was born into a poor family at Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. Although destitute, his mother and father made sure to learn that he could read and write. Because of his rudimentary education, he attracted the attention...

John Terry (d.1803): A Yorkshire Murderer

All too often histories of crime focus upon what happened in the big cities such as London, Manchester, and New York. Part of the reason for this is that, as is especially the case with London, more records are available and many of them are digitised...

From Barman to Highwayman: The Case of William Hawke (d.1774)

Not every highwayman throughout history has achieved the fame of Robin Hood (sup. fl. 12th-13th centuries), Rob Roy (1671-1734), Dick Turpin (1705-1739), or Jack Sheppard (1702-1724). The names of most of the highwaymen who flourished in London during...

Four Robbers Hanged at the Gallowlee near Leith #History #Scotland

Lord Fountainhall reports: 11 December, 1686: ‘Ther is much robbing at this tyme, under night, both in Edinburgh and about it, by [the Earl of] Dumbarton’s sojors, &c.’ 16 December, 1686: ‘At Criminall Court ther are 4 robbers...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 17 Dec 2016

The Shame of Stealing a Dress in 1686 #History #Scotland

Lord Fountainhall reports: 24 June, 1686: ‘A poor woman stealls some money and cloadis, from one Dobson hir mistris, and endeavoring to escape in a ship at Prestonpans, is apprehended and incarcerat in Edinburgh Tolbuith, wher for shame shee hangs...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 25 Nov 2016

‘He Barbarously Carried Hir Head in his Wallet’: Near Dalkeith, 1686 #History #Scotland

Lord Fountainhall reports: 6 December, 1686: ‘At Criminall Court, it was reported, one had murdered a woman near Dalkeith, and cut off hir head, because meiting hir on the hy-road, shee had discovered to him hir acquaintance shee had been receiving...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 19 Nov 2016

‘The Hid Works of Darkness’: The Mysterious Death of John Schaw and the Paisley Witches

The Reverend Law attributed many strange events to the hidden works of darkness, i.e., to the works of Devil or his servants, witches. The unearthly death of John Schaw of Bargarran in winter was no exception. Several years after both Schaw’s unexplained...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 4 Mar 2015

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