Jonathan Wild: London's First Organised Crime Lord

Overview

Jonathan Wild (born c.1683), probably Britain’s most well-known criminal of the 18th century, was known as the director of a ‘corporation of thieves’. He learned his ‘trade’ while serving a sentence in a debtor’s prison, and established a curious reputation as ‘Thief Taker General of Great Britain and Ireland’. He directed a largeband of thieves and felons who dealt in stolen goods, kept the stolen goods himself and waited until the crime and theft was announced in the papers, at which point he would claim that ...
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Overview

Jonathan Wild (born c.1683), probably Britain’s most well-known criminal of the 18th century, was known as the director of a ‘corporation of thieves’. He learned his ‘trade’ while serving a sentence in a debtor’s prison, and established a curious reputation as ‘Thief Taker General of Great Britain and Ireland’. He directed a largeband of thieves and felons who dealt in stolen goods, kept the stolen goods himself and waited until the crime and theft was announced in the papers, at which point he would claim that his agents had found them, and would return them to their rightful owners, demanding a fee. Any criminals who would not comply with his organization were betrayed by Wild to the police. He informed on about 120 men during his career, and all went to the gallows. He himself was arrested on a minor felony charge, found guilty and hanged at Tyburn in May 1725. His gang included Jack Sheppard, housebreaker, Nathaniel Hawes, highwayman, William Burridge, horse stealer, and others, all executed in the 1720s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848682191
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 6

Acknowledgements 7

Chapter 1 Wild's Early Life 9

Chapter 2 Wild and Hitchen 14

Chapter 3 Wild the Thief-taker 22

Chapter 4 Wild and the 1718 Transportation Act 36

Chapter 5 Burridge and Hawes 49

Chapter 6 Levey, Oakey and Flood 54

Chapter 7 Sheppard, Blake and Bellamy 58

Chapter 8 Wild's Decline and Fall 81

Bibliography 96

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