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Victorian Crime And Punishment

FIRST FLEET -- CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS. In England fifty-five crimes were punishable by death and the English legal code was nicknamed "the bloody code".

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A Jewish prostitute named Rebecca Fineberg arrested in Manchester. Her modus operandi was to "entice men into a house, get them to undress and go to bed. Whilst the man is in bed one of bullies rifles his pockets."

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In Manchester, Mary Davies (if indeed that was her real name) needed a good memory. She was prosecuted under the names of Anne Cawley (1886), Hannah M Dixon (1886), Annie Lloyd (1886), Mary A Williams (1886), Mary Richards (1887), Mary Kelly (1889), Mary Richardson (1890) and Mary Farrell (1890). Maybe she simply adopted the names of women in the news?

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from Mail Online

Binge Britain 1904: The rogues' gallery that shows war on booze is nothing new

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Mugshot of Joseph Smedley who deliberately torched a stack of straw and waited for the police. The meagre rations 'inside' were preferable to starvation outside – Yorkshire 1861.

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from HubPages

The Resurrection Men – Body Snatching in 19th Century Britain

Set in Scotland's magnificent capital, Edinburgh, Murder dolls is a tale of serial killers, Bodysnatchers and grisly science. The story begins on a misty morning in 1836 with the discovery of 17 miniature wooden coffins.

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