Category Archives: Victorian Detectives

‘Murder on the Victorian Railway’; A very personal perspective.

Having other commitments last night, I have only just been able to watch a recording of BBC2’s “Murder on the Victorian Railway”.  If I had known nothing about the case, I think I would have enjoyed it enormously.  It was … Continue reading

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Victorian Crime on TV

Those of us interested in period crime, its detection and its social consequences, have seen something of a resurgence in media interest in the last couple of years both from the fictional perspective (e.g. in  the current ‘Ripper Street’ series) … Continue reading

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On this day: 4 January 1878; Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke Retires from Scotland Yard

A very happy New Year to the readers of this blog. Some of my earlier blog posts have highlighted aspects of the career of Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke who, between 1862 and 1878, served in the small team of … Continue reading

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On this day: 25 December; A working Christmas in Germany for George Clarke (1864) and Charlie Payne (1918)

It is my good fortune to have some documented records for several of my ancestors which have provided me with information about their Christmas-time experiences.  Amongst two of the more interesting accounts are those of my great-great-grandfather George Clarke in … Continue reading

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On this day: 13 December 1867; The Fenians, the Metropolitan Police, and the Clerkenwell Explosion

In this Blog I am continuing the series of articles about the experiences and events that my great-great grandfather, George Clarke, encountered in his working life as a detective at Scotland Yard during the mid-Victorian period. Today, I describe something … Continue reading

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On this day: 20 November 1877; Verdict reached at the Old Bailey ‘Trial of the Detectives’

In an earlier blog post in September 2012, I wrote about the events that had led to the arrest in September 1877 of my great-great-grandfather, Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke (aka ‘The Chieftain‘) on a charge of perverting the ends … Continue reading

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On this day: 28 October 1876; Suspected serial killer, Henri de Tourville, is arrested at his London home.

Today, I am continuing my series of blog posts on the investigations of Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke of Scotland Yard. On the evening of Saturday 28th October 1876, Henri Dieudonnee Perreau de Tourville  was arrested at his London home … Continue reading

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On this day: 30 September 1871; Mysterious arson attacks in London solved – suspect arrested.

In the following report, I am continuing my series of blog posts on aspects of Victorian crime investigated by Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke.  Today’s item refers to his investigation into an increased incidence of damaging fires in Victorian London. … Continue reading

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On this day: 8 September 1877; Another sensational arrest in the Scotland Yard corruption case

In a dramatic new development in the ‘Great Detective Case’, on Saturday 8th September 1877, Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke, 59,  was arrested by his friend and colleague, Superintendent ‘Dolly’ Williamson, and brought into the dock at Bow Street Police … Continue reading

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On this day: 24 August 1864; Murder suspect arrested in New York Harbour

On the evening of Wednesday 24th August 1864, Detective-Sergeant George Clarke of the London Metropolitan Police Detective Department, accompanied by a New York Police Officer, climbed on board the sailing ship Victoria, newly-arrived in Staten Island Bay from London.  For … Continue reading

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