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Professional Criminals of America: From Gilded Age New York
by Thomas Byrnes
Forward by R. Scott Decker
A late-nineteenth century rogues gallery of America’s foremost murderers, bank robbers, con men, forgers, embezzlers, and pickpockets.Written in 1886, Professional Criminals of America contains biographical sketches, including photographs, of some four hundred of the nation’s leading criminals. Each profile details the crimes committed and the circumstances leading up to arrest and conviction. Also included are short, informative chapters on criminal methods, executions, opium addiction, fugitives from justice, and prison commutation laws, along with intriguing chapters on mysterious unsolved murders, adventurers and adventuresses, and a list of every prison and state penitentiary in America at the time of publication.
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