A Book of Remarkable Criminals: Their Lives, Their Crimes, and Their Fatal Ends.

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H.B. Irving decided not to use his legal education to practice law, and instead spent his time between acting roles during a successful career o the stage chronicling these remarkable criminals.

Included in this volume are ten infamous characters who made headlines in their day, including Charles Peace, Robert Butler, M. Derues, Dr. Castaing, Professor Webster, the mysterious Mr. Holmes, the Widow Gras, Vitalis and Marie Boyer, the Fenayrou ...

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Overview

H.B. Irving decided not to use his legal education to practice law, and instead spent his time between acting roles during a successful career o the stage chronicling these remarkable criminals.

Included in this volume are ten infamous characters who made headlines in their day, including Charles Peace, Robert Butler, M. Derues, Dr. Castaing, Professor Webster, the mysterious Mr. Holmes, the Widow Gras, Vitalis and Marie Boyer, the Fenayrou case, and Eyraud & Bompard.

Irving includes complete details about the crimes, court cases, and ultimate downfalls, also discussing their behavior during the interval between their condemnation and their execution.

A pioneering classic in the true crime genre, readers will especially enjoy the author's extensive Introduction, in which he mentions many of the remarkable criminals of the book, along with others, comparing them to famous fictitious and real criminals that have appeared from Shakespeare's time to Irving's current days in the early twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Life of Charles Peace

The Career of Robert Butler

M. Derues

Dr. Castaing

Professor Webster

The Mysterious Mr. Holmes

The Widow Gras

Vitalis and Marie Boyer

The Fenayrou Case

Eyraud and Bompard

Notes

"For violence and hurt tangle every man in their toils, and for the most part fall on the head of him from whom they had their rise; nor is it easy for one who by his act breaks the common pact of peace to lead a calm and quiet life." -Lucretius, On the Nature of Things.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495947582
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Both on and off the stage, Irving always maintained a high ideal of his profession, and in 1895 he received the honour of knighthood, the first ever accorded an actor.

He was also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Dublin, Cambridge, and Glasgow. His acting, apart from his genius as a presenter of plays, divided criticism, opinions differing as to the extent to which his mannerisms of voice and deportment interfered with or assisted the expression of his ideas. So strongly marked a personality as his could not help giving its own colouring to whatever part he might assume, but the richness and originality of this colouring at its best, and the spirit and intellect which characterised his renderings, was conceded by even his critics, as was his versatility in roles so widely different as Digby Grant and Louis XI, Richard III and Becket, Benedick and Shylock, Mathias and Dr. Primrose.

Leaving his legal education behind he built a career as a distinguished actor, finally returning to the law and becoming a respected author of papers concerning criminals and the legal system they operated in.

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