MOB TOWN: A History of Crime and Disorder in the East End


MOB TOWN: A History of Crime and Disorder in the East End

JOHN BENNETT    Book Number: 88948    Product format: Hardback

Britain's industrial boom drew thousands to the East End and crime flourished in its overcrowded squalor. Long before Jack the Ripper prowled its alleys and the Kray twins terrorised its inhabitants, the East End was known for its crime and corruption. John Bennett delves into over four centuries of illegal activity, drawing on original archival research. He looks at sensational murders and racketeering as well as 'everyday' criminality such as pickpocketing and drunkenness. He charts how activities peaked and changed over the centuries as the East of London transformed itself. Today, as the City of London encroaches and the area gentrifies, the East End embraces the 'white-collar' crimes of financial misconduct and property violations, as well as seemingly ineradicable gang warfare. Familiar names such as Dick Turpin share the spotlight with Restoration bawds, anarchist gunmen, fascist Blackshirts, the squalid opium dens and Whitechapel murders of the 19th century, and the criminal goings on of more recent decades in this guilty pleasure of a book. 341pp, 16 pages of photos and grisly woodcut illus. Yale University Press first edition.
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