Gun crime on the streets of London
? It's not new. Here's a tale of robbery, murder, revolution, and Churchill in a topper
. First, the Tottenham Outrage
, a factory robbery resulting in two murders, 27 injuries, and a bizarre chase. The villains are Latvian anarchists, a group who are trying to finance their revolutionary aims through crime. The next year, a plan to tunnel into a jewelers
is botched, and attempted burglary becomes the Houndsditch Murders
. The police investigate, and on locating the gang, The Siege of Sidney Street
begins. The army is called in, and the Home Secretary
pops by and assumes control. After much shooting
, a fire breaks out, and two men burn to death. But neither of them is the mysterious gang leader, Peter the Painter, and the five later tried are all acquitted. Churchill, however, is guilty of showing off a bit
posted by liquidindian
on Jun 18, 2007 -
Jack the Ripper: the most complete online resource.
A wealth of information, from scanned letters purportedly sent by the killer, to contemporary police reports, to recent scholarship and discussion, articles about Victorian London, social history, and dissertations. To my mind the most interesting of all are the detailed biographies
of the victims, which give a glimpse of the difficult life experienced by working-class Londoners, especially women, during the mid 19th century.
Note: The site has been mentioned here before, but only in the context of two discussions about Patricia Cornwell's book claiming that the murders were committed by artist Walter Sickert (1
). Some images NSFW.
posted by jokeefe
on Nov 11, 2004 -