Crime in the nineteeth century was rapid though out London.
But because of all of the poverty and sickness in the streets, crime
was the only way to survive. Most of the crimes that took place in
London were crimes that involved stealing. Pickpocket gangs and
street gamblers were a regular sight when walking down a major London
street. Prostitution was also a big money maker on the streets, done
by both girls and boys. But crimes though out the middle class and
rich were mostly property crimes and disputes which made up 90% of all
crimes committed by the upper-class. In Victorian England and like
today there a two categories which crimes fall under. "Indictable"
which is the same as our felony crimes that make up all of the major
crimes. These crimes consist of: Murder, armed robbery, burglary,
larceny, rape, and assaults on the police. The next called category
is called " Summery " crimes which is equal to our misdemeanor crimes.
Summery crimes were all minor crimes such as: Property crimes,
Vagrancy, Drunkenness, Prostitution, Minor Larceny , and all other
Probably the most famous criminal in the Victorian period
was " Jack the Ripper ". Jack the Ripper was " the first modern sexual
serial killer" ( Sugden, pg.2) Jack's trademark was the killing of
female prostitutes. But not only did he kill them, he would
surgically remove organs and intrails and place them near the dead
body. "Jack the Ripper" wasn't his only nickname, he was also called "
the Whitechaple murder " because the body's were found near the
Whitechapel Road, and " The Leather Apron" because of a man that would
come by and beat up the prostitutes for no reason. Jack the Ripper is
credited for 9 killings, but police...