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Author Gilfillan, Ross.

Title Crime and Punishment in Victorian London : a Street-Level of the City's Underworld
Published Havertown : Pen and Sword, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (190 pages)
Contents Cover; Dedication Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction; Crime; Chapter 1: 'You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two': Embarking on a life of crime; Chapter 2: On the Streets: 'The lowest class of women'; Chapter 3: Sharp Practises: swindles and scams; Chapter 4: Murder and Mayhem: Panic on the streets of Victorian London; Punishment; 'Help, Police!'; Chapter 5: 'From the Hulks!' Prison life, afloat and ashore; Chapter 6: The Rope's End: The long and short (drop) of capital punishment; Glossary of Criminal Slang; Bibliography; Index
Summary Crime loomed large in the minds of Victorian Londoners. All over the city, watches, purses and handkerchiefs disappear from pockets, goods migrate from warehouses, off docks and out of shop windows. Burglaries are rife, shoplifting is carried on in West End stores and people fall victim to all kinds of ingenious swindles. 'Pornographers proliferate and an estimated 80,000 prostitutes operate on London's streets. The vulnerable are robbed in dark alleys or garroted, a new kind of mugging in which the victim is half-strangled from behind while being stripped of his possessions ... ' Discover Victo
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Subject Crime -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
London (England) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1473834724 (electronic bk.)
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