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Author Payne, Chris.

Title Chieftain [electronic resource] : Victorian True Crime through the Eyes of a Scotland Yard Detective / Chris Payne.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : The History Press, [2011]


Description 1 online resource (288 pages)
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Summary True crime stories from the early days of the Metropolitan Police Detective Branch capture the essence of Victorian crime George Clarke joined the Metropolitan Police in 1841. Though a "slow starter," his career took off when he was transferred to the small team of detectives at Scotland Yard in 1862, where he became known as "The Chieftain." This book paints the most detailed picture yet published of detective work in mid-Victorian Britain, covering "murders most foul," "slums and Society," the emergence of terrorism related to Ireland, and Victorian frauds. One particular fraudster, Harry Benson, was to contribute to the end of Clarke's career and lead to the first major Metropolitan Police corruption trial in 1877. This fascinating book uses widespread sources of information, including many of Clarke's own case reports.
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Subject Clarke, George, 1818-1891.
Great Britain. Metropolitan Police Office -- History -- 19th century.
Crime -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Detectives -- Great Britain -- Biography.
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Other Form: Print version: Payne, Chris. Chieftain. London : History Press, 2011. 9780752456676 (DLC)2011508178
ISBN 9780752494548 (e-pub)
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