By Major Arthur Griffiths
Victorian Murders includes the entire so much surprising instances of homicide from Victorian true-crime vintage Mysteries of Police and Crime. the writer knew the various maximum detectives of the day, and, for this reason, was once the 1st to explain in print the 3 males - Kosminski, Ostrog and Druitt - that the police suspected of being 'Jack the Ripper'. This interesting quantity additionally contains some other case of be aware within the annals of Victorian crime. From Elizabeth Brownrigg, who whipped her family into an early grave, to the awful story of Henry Wainwright, who used to be captured while trying to shipping the dismembered physique of his lover throughout London, it's not for the faint of middle. Richly illustrated - together with very early sketches by way of Arthur Rackham - and packed with numerous stories of poisoners, sadists, serial killers and situations that experience by no means been solved, it's a booklet that no true-crime fan could be with out.
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The whole system of Thuggee was based on superstition. The bands never operated without taking the omens; noting the flight of birds, the braying of a jackass to right or left, and so on, interpreting these things as warnings or as encouragements to proceed. This superstitious belief in luck is still prevalent. A notorious banknote forger in France carefully abstained from counterfeiting notes of two values, those for 500 francs and 2,000 francs, being convinced that they would bring him into trouble.
The desire to win wealth easily, to grow suddenly rich by appropriating the possessions or the earnings of others, is no doubt a strong incitement to crime; yet the depredator who will not work steadily at any honest occupation will give infinite time and pains to compass his criminal ends. —THE HUNTERS AND THE HUNTED. Society, weak, gullible, and defenceless, handicapped by a thousand conventions, would soon be devoured alive by its greedy parasites; but happily it has devised the shield and buckler of the police; not an entirely effective protector, perhaps, but earnest, devoted, un-hesitating in the performance of its duties.
These last-named, too, have in many instances swept up great gains. The class of adventurer is nearly limitless; it embraces many types, often original in character and in their criminal methods, clever knaves possessed of useful qualities—indeed, of natural gifts that might have led them to assured fortune had they but chosen the straight path and followed it patiently. We shall see with what infinite labour a scheme of imposture has been built up and maintained, how nearly impossible it was to combat the fraud, how readily the swindler will avail himself of the latest inventions, the telegraph and the telephone, of chemical appliances, of photography in counterfeiting signatures or preparing banknote plates, ere long, perchance, of the Röntgen rays.