Download A Sink of Atrocity: Crime in 19th-Century Dundee by Malcolm Archibald PDF

By Malcolm Archibald

Nineteenth-century Dundee used to be a difficult, unforgiving position. for lots of of its electorate, it used to be the survival of the fittest, and to outlive they became to crime. yet what used to be it relatively like either for the criminals and the law-abiding electorate to reside within the streets and closes of Dundee at the moment? A Sink of Atrocity finds the true Dundee of the 19th century and the normal and outstanding crimes of the days. in addition to the standard family violence, fights and petty thefts, the Peter Wallace gang plagued town whereas Resurrectionists brought on panic and alarm. there have been additionally notorious murders and an awesome number of crimes through girls, in addition to hugely strange crimes corresponding to the robbery of a whale at sea. in contrast tidal wave of crime stood males like Patrick Mackay and the city's different Messengers-at-Arms, answerable for apprehending criminals sooner than the appearance of the police. It was once a difficult activity in a difficult urban, however the punishments have been critical because the experts fought...

Show description

Read or Download A Sink of Atrocity: Crime in 19th-Century Dundee PDF

Best true crime books

Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature's Bounty

Shell video games is a cops-and-robbers story set in a double-crossing international the place smugglers struggle turf wars over a few of the world's strangest marine creatures.

Puget Sound sits south of the border among the U. S. and Canada and is domestic to the awesome geoduck (pronounced "gooey duck"), the world's greatest burrowing clam. Comically proportioned yet more and more stylish as seafood, the geoduck has been the topic of pranks, television specials, and connoisseur feasts. yet this shellfish is so priceless it's also traded for hundreds of thousands of bucks at the black market— a global the place outlaw scuba divers sidestep law enforcement officials whereas utilizing souped-up boats, night-vision goggles, and weighted belts to pluck the succulent treasures from the ocean flooring. And the best hazards come from rival poachers who inn to arson and hit males to get rid of festival and stake their declare within the geoduck marketplace.

Detective Ed Volz spent his lifestyles chasing elk-antler thieves, bobcat smugglers, and eagle talon poachers. Now he was resolute to discover the kingpin of the geoduck underworld. He and a staff of federal brokers manage unlawful revenues, secretly recorded conversations, and photographed hand-offs from the timber. For years, they tracked a rogues' gallery of lawbreakers, who finally led them to the largest thief of all— a darkly captivating con guy who referred to as himself the "Geoduck Gotti" and who labored each side of the legislation.

In Shell video games, veteran environmental journalist Craig Welch delves into the wilds of our nation's waters and forests looking for a few of America's most unique criminals and the law enforcement officials who're on a venture to take them down. This exciting exam of the overseas black marketplace for natural world is stuffed with butterfly thieves, undergo slayers, and shark-trafficking pastors— all a part of one of many biggest unlawful trades on the earth.

Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang

Doped is the gripping true-story racing mystery set in Britain within the Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties. Combining a effective mixture of horse racing, medicinal drugs, intercourse, category, crime, playing and the monarchy, it tells the genuine tale of 1 of the most important doping scandals in British racing heritage. In March 1962, an audacious try to nobble one of many royal horses alerted police to a good organised band of racecourse criminals, sponsored via murderous London gangsters.

The World's Most Evil Gangs

The darkest depths of the organized underworld, from mobsters within the U. S. to Hells Angels in Germany to baby armies in Africa Historically, those open air the legislation have continually tended to band jointly in pursuit of riches and gear, ultimately spawning the murky, brutal international of brand new geared up crime mentioned the following.

The Musical Milkman Murder

On October eight, 1920 the physique of a tender lady named Kate Lilian Bailey, elderly 22, was once came across. It transpired that her husband, George Arthur Bailey, had poisoned his seven-months pregnant spouse with prussic acid, and with a whiff of an analogous chloroform he used to ease her ultimate agony, sedated his three-year-old daughter whom he put in mattress subsequent to the corpse.

Additional info for A Sink of Atrocity: Crime in 19th-Century Dundee

Sample text

As such, they comprise a separate (the jargon term is emergent) class of objects that must be explained in their own terms, at their own level, separately from the social psychological variables associated with individual behavior. The problem of abortion iliustrates these two characteristics. For nearly all of human history, pregnancy meant that a woman had little choice but to give birth (or die trying). 22 As one result of this new choice (along with other changes), an increase in the abortion rate occurred, especially among women in the nascent middle class.

Today, of course, the social context differs a great deal. Communication has improved and, hence, keeping track of people’s movements is easier; moreover, the frontier n o longer exists because people have filled it up, so these options are closed. But changes people made in the economy and law have opened other doors. 25In the United States, this process has meant that couples who have developed irreconcilable differences can now divorce. My point is paradoxical: On the one hand, individual men and women do not decide their range of choices for themselves; it is given by the fact of living in a particular place at a particular point in history.

For an explanation of ideal types, see Turner, Beeghley and Powers (2002). 34. McKeown (1976:5). 3 5 . Mendelsohn et al. (1994). 36. Sagan (1983). The subsequent work referred to below is Thompson and Schneider (1986). 37. McKeown (1976). 38. O n Van Gogh and the problem of modernity, see Welsh-Ovcharov (1974). 39. Rule (1978). 40. Sieber (1981);Tenner (1996).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.07 of 5 – based on 42 votes