A Book of Remarkable Criminals

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Source: http://gutenberg.org

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The life of Charles Peace -- The career of Robert Butler -- M. Derues -- Dr. Castaing -- Professor Webster -- The mysterious Mr. Holmes -- Partnership in crime: The widow Gras. Vitalis and Marie Boyer. The Fenayrou case. Eyraud and Bompard.

"Convicts represent those wrong-doers who have taken to a particular form of wrong-doing punishable by law. Of the larger army of bad men they represent a minority, who have been found out in a peculiarly unsatisfactory kind of misconduct. There are many men, some lying, unscrupulous, dishonest, others cruel, selfish, vicious, who go through life without ever doing anything that brings them within the scope of the criminal code, for whose offences the laws of society provide no punishment. And so it is with some of those heroes of history who have been made the theme of fine writing by gifted historians."