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Mob Town: A History of Crime and Disorder in the East End
     

Mob Town: A History of Crime and Disorder in the East End

by John Bennett
 

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A captivating history of a notorious neighborhood and the first book to reveal why London’s East End became synonymous with lawlessness and crime

Even before Jack the Ripper haunted its streets for prey, London’s East End had earned a reputation for immorality, filth, and vice. John Bennett, a writer and tour guide who has

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A captivating history of a notorious neighborhood and the first book to reveal why London’s East End became synonymous with lawlessness and crime

Even before Jack the Ripper haunted its streets for prey, London’s East End had earned a reputation for immorality, filth, and vice. John Bennett, a writer and tour guide who has walked and researched the area for more than thirty years, delves into four centuries of history to chronicle the crimes, their perpetrators, and the circumstances that made the East End an ideal breeding ground for illegal activity.
 
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Britain’s industrial boom drew thousands of workers to the area, leading to overcrowding and squalor. But crime in the area flourished long past the Victorian period. Drawing on original archival history and featuring a fascinating cast of characters including the infamous Ripper, highwayman Dick Turpin, the Kray brothers, and a host of ordinary evildoers, this gripping and deliciously unsavory volume will fascinate Londonphiles and true crime lovers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300221954
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/24/2017
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

John Bennett is the author of numerous books, including The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper and Krayology. He lives in Middlesex, England.

Joe Barrett has been a working stage, screen, and recording booth actor since 1974 and an award-winning and eight-time Audie Award-nominated audiobook narrator since 1999. He also practiced law for five years-but don't hold that against him. Joe is married to actress Andrea Wright, and together they have four children.