Category Archives: East End criminals

Horatio Bottomley of Bethnal Green

Horatio Bottomley was one of those larger than life characters who seemed to populate Victorian and Edwardian London. A man of enormous energy and intellect, he was a talented speaker and writer, a popular MP and a creative businessman. He … Continue reading

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Whitechapel bodysnatchers

The thought of corpses being dug up from a cemetery in the middle of the night makes the blood run cold. But it often happened in the Victorian East End. In ill-lit streets around burial grounds at Whitechapel, Mile End … Continue reading

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Bessarabian gangs of the East End of London

Bessarabian Gangs of London by John Rennie TO most observers of the East End, organised crime means just one firm – the Krays. But gang-based crime (and the turf wars that go hand in hand with it) is as old … Continue reading

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The murder of Leon Beron

The murder of Leon Beron When the battered body of Leon Beron was discovered on Clapham Common on New Year’s Day 1911, it was to set in motion the most notorious murder trial of the day. And it was to … Continue reading

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The Hannah Brown murder, 1837

View Hannah Brown murder in a larger map Any piece of detective work is a jigsaw puzzle – finding which bits fit and which don’t, carefully sifting and experimenting until the big picture emerges. In the case of the unfortunate … Continue reading

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