A Book of Remarkable Criminals

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Cassell, 1918 - Crime - 335 pages
 

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This is an excellent book, and very well researched. I like it because it covers the life and crimes of criminals who were all, in a way, small criminals, but each remarkable in his or her own way ... Read full review

Contents

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1
II
29
III
99
IV
130
V
158
VI
189
VII
214
VIII
244

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Page 213 - Heaven! There's a cat somewhere in the room!" The cat was found and ejected, but they didn't get on very well. Left with their wine, they were getting on a little better; when Webster suddenly told the servants to turn the gas off and bring in that bowl of burning minerals which he had prepared, in order that the company might see how ghastly they looked by its weird light. All this was done, and every man was looking, horror-stricken, at his neighbour; when Webster was seen bending over the bowl...
Page 213 - I heard an amazing and fearful story ; told by one who had been at a dinnerparty of ten or a dozen, at Webster's, less than a year before the murder. They began rather uncomfortably, in consequence of one of the guests (the victim of an instinctive antipathy) starting up with the sweat pouring down his face, and crying out, ' O Heaven ! There's a cat somewhere in the room !' The cat was found and ejected, but they didn't get on very well.
Page 4 - Immoral, because the course of natural phenomena being replete with everything which when committed by human beings is most worthy of abhorrence, any one who endeavoured in his actions to imitate the natural course of things would be universally seen and acknowledged to be the wickedest of men.
Page 61 - ... mercy on me. I feel that I have disgraced myself. I am not fit either to live or die. I am not prepared to meet my God, but still I feel that my career has been made to appear much worse than it really is. Oh, my lord, do have mercy on me — do give me one chance of repenting, and of preparing myself to meet my God. Do, my lord, have mercy on me, and I assure you that you shall never repent it. As you hope for mercy yourself at the hands of the great God, do have mercy on me, and give me a chance...
Page 4 - In sober truth, nearly all the things which men are hanged or imprisoned for doing to one another are Nature's everyday performances.
Page 211 - Parkman, until the moment the blow was struck. Dr. Parkman was extremely severe and sharp-tongued, — the most provoking of men ; and I am irritable and passionate. A quickness and brief violence of temper has been the besetting sin of my life. I was an only child, much indulged, and I have never acquired the control over my passions that I ought to have acquired early ; and the consequence is — all this.
Page 213 - At the house where I afterwards dined I heard an amazing and fearful story ; told by one who had been at a dinnerparty of ten or a dozen, at Webster's, less than a year before the murder. They began rather uncomfortably, in consequence of one of the guests (the victim of an instinctive antipathy) starting up with the sweat pouring down his face, and crying out...
Page 208 - ... relished, I can assure you. At one o'clock, I was notified that I must appear at the Court-room. All was arranged with great regard to my comfort, and avoidance of publicity, and this first ceremony went off better than I anticipated. On my return, I had a bit of turkey and rice from Parker's. They send much more than I can eat, and I have directed the steward to distribute the surplus to any poor ones here. If you will send me a small cannister of tea, I can make my own.
Page 1 - ... so that if we could correctly estimate, and were able to eliminate, the various disturbing influences which tend to divert men from the path of truth and rectitude, our reasonings and conclusions would possess all the force of demonstration. The silent workings, and still more the fearful explosions, of human passion, which bring to light the darker elements of man's nature, must ever present to the philosophical observer considerations of deep intrinsic interest ; while to the jurist, the moral...
Page 207 - Miss Marianne Webster, Cambridge."] " BOSTON, Monday ev'g. My Dearest Marianne. I wrote mamma, yesterday, and Mr. C., who was here, this morning, told me, he had sent it out. I had a good sleep, last night, and dreamt of you all. I got my clothes off, for the first time, and awoke in the morning, quite hungry. It was a long time, before my first breakfast from Parker's came ; and it relished, I can assure you. At one o'clock, I was notified that I must appear at the Court-room. All was arranged...

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