THE REMINISCENCES OF CHIEF-INSPECTOR LITTLECHILD

Author: Littlechild (Chief-Inspector John George)
Year: 1894
Publisher: The Leadenhall Press
Edition Details: 2nd Edition (same yr. as 1st)
Book Condition: G++
Price: 100.00
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Hardback. A book based on personal experiences and not a biography. Chapter headings include : How the Diamond Mail Was Robbed; Tracking a Forger; How the Turf Frauds Were Discovered; The Russian Gold-Dust Swindle; My Pet Criminal ("Bill the Loaner"aka William Hanbury); How I Have Used Disguises; How I Discover Clues; Betrayed by a "Copper's Nark"; Breaking of a Sham Loan Office Gang; Mistaken Identity and Its Dangers; Companions in Crime; How Forgers Baffle Detectives; A "Plant" Upon Pawnbrokers; Captures Made at Sea; Mr. Borrowdale's Sapphire Ring; A Fraud Upon Freemasons; Why Men Have "Gone Wrong"; A Superstitious Criminal; More Coincidences in Crime plus more. Detective Chief Inspector John George Littlechild became the first commander of the London Metropolitan Police Special Irish Branch, renamed Special Branch in 1888. Although he is not thought to have had any direct involvement in the Jack the Ripper investigation, in September 1913 he wrote a letter to journalist G. R. Sims, in which he identified a "Doctor T" (whom he described as "an American quack named Tumblety") as a likely suspect. 238pp. + Extracts from The Leadenhall Press Book List. 12mo h/back. Browned edges and eps, tiny embossed stamp to fep and previous owner's neat name insc. to half-tp. Original cloth covers soiled (see images) with paper labels to fr. cover and sp. Contents clean and sound. G++. Scarce.

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