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A Book of Remarkable Criminals

By H.B. Irving

The Greatest Crimes on Record

"The silent workings, and still more the explosions, of human passion which bring to light the darker elements of man's nature present to the philosophical observer considerations of intrinsic interest; while to the jurist, the study of human nature and human character with its infinite varieties, especially as affecting the connection between motive and action, between...

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A Book of Remarkable Criminals

By H.B. Irving

The Greatest Crimes on Record

"The silent workings, and still more the explosions, of human passion which bring to light the darker elements of man's nature present to the philosophical observer considerations of intrinsic interest; while to the jurist, the study of human nature and human character with its infinite varieties, especially as affecting the connection between motive and action, between irregular desire or evil disposition and crime itself, is equally indispensable and difficult."-Wills on Circumstantial Evidence.

I REMEMBER my father telling me that sitting up late one night talking with Tennyson, the latter remarked that he had not kept such late hours since a recent visit of Jowett. On that occasion the poet and the philosopher had talked together well into the small hours of the morning. My father asked Tennyson what was the subject of conversation that had so engrossed them. "Murders," replied Tennyson. It would have been interesting to have heard Tennyson and Jowett discussing such a theme. The fact is a tribute to the interest that crime has for many men of intellect and imagination. Indeed, how could it be otherwise? Rob history and fiction of crime, how tame and colourless would be the residue! We who are living and enduring in the presence of one of the greatest crimes on record, must realise that trying as this period of the world's history is to those who are passing through it, in the hands of some great historian it may make very good reading for posterity. Perhaps we may find some little consolation in this fact, like the unhappy victims of famous freebooters such as Jack Sheppard or Charley Peace.

But do not let us flatter ourselves. Do not let us, in all the pomp and circumstance of stately history, blind ourselves to the fact that the crimes of Frederick, or Napoleon, or their successors, are in essence no different from those of Sheppard or Peace. We must not imagine that the bad man who happens to offend against those particular laws which constitute the criminal code belongs to a peculiar or atavistic type, that he is a man set apart from the rest of his fellow-men by mental or physical peculiarities. That comforting theory of the Lombroso school has been exploded, and the ordinary inmates of our prisons shown to be only in a very slight degree below the average in mental and physical fitness of the normal man, a difference easily explained by the environment and conditions in which the ordinary criminal is bred.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781153581233
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    K

    If you can get past the intro. Fairly good book. Some editing problems due to age of book. About 200 pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Yup

    Its good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Not easy to read

    The words r not spelled correctly
    ... o' is of 'n' is and I dont knpw why but they cant spell very good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Impossible to read

    Way too many typos to understand whats going on

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Painful

    A poorly drafted high school term paper at best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Dffd

    Horrible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    A very interesting read. Mine wasn't full of typos.

    A very interesting read. Mine wasn't full of typos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Bad typos

    Very badly digitalized

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Really liked this work on various criminals.

    Really liked this work on various criminals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    A fascinating study of various criminals from the 1800s. Very we

    A fascinating study of various criminals from the 1800s. Very well-written and entertaining. This is a nice version too, with no typos or errors. The other comments must be for a different version. My version has an ugly criminal face on the cover.

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