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Thief-Taker Hangings: How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created the Celebrity Criminal #2020

Thief Taker Hangings How Daniel Defoe Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created the Celebrity Criminal After the Glorious Revolution a not so glorious age of lawlessness befell England Crime ran rampant and highwaymen thieves and prostitutes ruled the land Execution by hanging often punished the sm

  • Title: Thief-Taker Hangings: How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created the Celebrity Criminal
  • Author: Aaron Skirboll
  • ISBN: 9781493014231
  • Page: 296
  • Format: ebook
  • Thief-Taker Hangings: How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created the Celebrity Criminal By Aaron Skirboll, After the Glorious Revolution, a not so glorious age of lawlessness befell England Crime ran rampant, and highwaymen, thieves, and prostitutes ruled the land Execution by hanging often punished the smallest infractions, and rip roaring stories of fearless criminals proliferated, giving birth to a new medium the newspaper In 1724, housebreaker Jack Sheppard a pocket HAfter the Glorious Revolution, a not so glorious age of lawlessness befell England Crime ran rampant, and highwaymen, thieves, and prostitutes ruled the land Execution by hanging often punished the smallest infractions, and rip roaring stories of fearless criminals proliferated, giving birth to a new medium the newspaper In 1724, housebreaker Jack Sheppard a pocket Hercules, his small frame packed with muscle finally met the hangman Street singers sang ballads about the Cockney burglar because no prison could hold him Each astonishing than the last, his final jailbreak took him through six successive locked rooms, after which he shimmied down two blankets from the prison roof to the street below Just before Sheppard swung, he gave an account of his life to a writer in the crowd Daniel Defoe stood in the shadow of the day s literati Swift, Pope, Gay and had done hard time himself for sedition and bankruptcy He saw how prison corrupted the poor They came out thieves, but he came out a journalist Six months later, the author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders covered another death at the hanging tree Jonathan Wild looked every bit the brute body covered in scars from dagger, sword, and gun, bald head patched with silver plates from a fractured skull and he had all but invented the double cross He cultivated young thieves, profited from their work, then turned them in for his reward and their execution But one man refused to play his game Sheppard didn t take orders from this self proclaimed thief taker general, nor would he hawk his loot through Wild s fences The two faced bounty hunter took it personally and helped bring the young burglar s life to an end But when Wild s charade came to light, he quickly became the most despised man in the land When he was hanged for his own crimes, the mob wasn t rooting for Wild as it had for Sheppard Instead, they hurled stones, rotten food, and even dead animals at him Defoe once again got the scoop, and tabloid journalism as we know it had begun.

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