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: Vg.
Price: 115.00
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Hardback. 2nd Edn. (same yr. as 1st). 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, small bookseller's rubber stamp to fpd, previous owner's neat name insc. to ffep, v. small indention to fore-edge of fr. cover. Original cloth covers with paper labels to fr. cover and sp. (which has suffered partial vertical loss in the middle). Contents clean and sound. Vg. Scarce.

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