Unpublished Cases


In 'The Chieftain', some of George Clarke's numerous criminal investigations could not be included because of space limitations.  Instead, this website has been used to present some additional unpublished cases and events in Clarke's working life as a London policeman.  These can be accessed by clicking on the links highlighted in the boxes below.

1844-1860: At this point in his career, George Clark(e) was a uniformed policeman in S Division (see 'The Chieftain' pp.19-20).  It is highly likely, though not certain, that the George Clark(e) involved in the following events is the same individual who was transferred in 1862 to the detective department at Scotland Yard.

1. The Constipated Thief?; 2. The Dangers of Staying Out Late; 3. A Police Officer's Retirement; 4. The Silk Thieves

1868-1869: By 1868, Clarke had been promoted to Detective Inspector, a promotion that was quickly followed in 1869 by further promotion to Detective Chief Inspector. By now he was experienced in a wide range of criminal investigations including murder, theft and terrorism (see 'The Chieftain' pp.30-126).

5. Spoiling for a Fight; 6. The American Child-Juggler

1872: Clarke was now the acknowledged second-in-command at the Scotland Yard detective department, regularly substituting for his boss, Superintendent Williamson and taking the lead on a wide range of investigations including murder, the prosecution of illegal betting and cases of baby-farming and abortion (see 'The Chieftain' pp. 126-145).

7. Valentine's Fireworks; 8. Assault at Goodwood Races; 9. Violent Death at Sea

1873-1874: During this period, Clarke was principally involved with the case of the Tichborne Claimant and with the emergence of new frauds concocted by the betting community (see 'The Chieftain' pp. 146-166). However, with so few detectives at Scotland Yard, he was compelled to tackle a diverse range of tasks.

10. The Shah's Jewels; 11. The Abduction of Emily Easterby; 12. The Cannon Street Murder.