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1886 Professional Criminals of America Paperback – August 1, 2000

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"A fascinating document...profiles of 203 con artists, forgers, and thieves." --Time Out NY

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A late-nineteenth century rogues gallery of America's foremost murderers, bank robbers, con men, forgers, embezzlers, and pickpockets.Written in 1886, Professional Criminals of America contains biographical sketches, including photographs, of some four hundred of the nation's leading criminals. Each profile details the crimes committed and the circumstances leading up to arrest and conviction. Also included are short, informative chapters on criminal methods, executions, opium addiction, fugitives from justice, and prison commutation laws, along with intriguing chapters on mysterious unsolved murders, adventurers and adventuresses, and a list of every prison and state penitentiary in America at the time of publication. (8 1/2 X 11, 466 pages, b&w photos, charts)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585741132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585741137
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,260,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Zimmerman on November 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in 1969, just as it had been reprinted, I think, for the first time since 1886. Its the great big hard bound version, with the slip-over photograph cover. I still have it and read it every so often. It you are a real Historian and/or a lover of crime stories, you will want to add this book to your collection. It was written by the New York Chief of Police, Thomas Byrnes, and he writes each description like he's writing a novel. The photographs really help to make the book great too. Most photographs of 19th Century people all look pretty much the same. These are old-time mug shots,and a lot of the men and women are expressing their attitudes in their pictures. Once again, This book is a great addition to anyone's Historical crime book collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Hecko on November 8, 2013
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I found this book fascinating. The photographs and stories that accompany them
give the reader a real glimpse into the late 1800's and just what kinds of crimes were being committed.
Also makes a great coffee table book because you can pick it up any time you like and be entertained for
however long you care to stay.
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A very interesting book. Filled with mugshots along with a description of the crime(s) the criminal was incarcerated for. All of these criminals lived in and practiced their crimes in 19th Century New York. Also, most of these people were career criminals. The book was published in 1886. It was thought if people recognized the criminals, they would not become their victims.
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