The crimes, the people who solved them, and the different types of punishments

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Our topic for this paper is Crime and Punishment. There are several different

issues on this subject. We chose three main points to talk about: The Crimes, the People

who solved them, and the different types of punishments. These are the topics we chose

for our report.

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


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,


Prostitution, Minor Larceny , and all other minor offenses.

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...