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NCJ Number: 120450 Find in a Library
Title: Thief-Taker General: Jonathan Wild and the Emergence of Crime and Corruption as a Way of Life in Eighteenth-Century England
Author(s): G Howson
Date Published: 1970
Page Count: 338
Sponsoring Agency: Transaction Publishers
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88738-032-8
Sale Source: Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-the State University
140 West Ethel Road
Units L-M
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book chronicles the history of Jonathan Wild who was hailed as the most efficient thief hunter and gang breaker in eighteenth century England.
Abstract: In the 1720's, London suffered the worst crime wave in its history, and civic corruption occurred on a massive scale. The government's response was to pay a bounty for the capture of robbers, thus creating a class of professional informers. Jonathan Wild's own posse of thief catchers was basically a front behind which he was able to control the underground world through a complex system of blackmail, perjury, and terror. Although the book at one level is a biography of Jonathan Wild as the world's first supercriminal, the author also provides insights into the structure of criminal gangs. 86 references, 18 illustrations.
Main Term(s): History of policing
Index Term(s): England; History of criminal justice; Organized crime
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