A look at the dark side of life, Victorian-style, when nothing was quite as it seemed and a public execution could be an entertaining
family day out. Murderers, poachers, thieves, pickpockets and vagabonds all went about their business with impunity. Crime
took place on the streets, on public transport, in homes, pubs, prisons, asylums, workhouses and brothels - it was all part
of everyday life in Yarmouth in the late 1800s. Naturally the punishments awarded varied considerably, depending upon the
crimes committed. Murderers and thieves - particularly horse thieves - could expect the rope, though others could hope for
a reprieve. Such a remission would automatically add them to list of convicts to be deported to the penal colonies in Australia.
Alternatively, convicts might expect to spend time in gaol or a House of Correction, with hard labour and floggings often
thrown in for good measure. This collection of real life crimes vividly recreates the events surrounding them, offering an
insight not only into criminal law but also into the social history attached to crime as society evolved and adapted to meet
changing industries and class structures. A must have book for any arm chair detective and anyone interested in the social
mores of the day.