100 Most Infamous Criminals by Jo Durden Smith

By Jo Durden Smith

A hundred so much notorious Criminals is an outstanding compendium of crimes and their perpetrators. the diversity of crimes is impressive, from the unusual to the bad, and from the heartbreaking to the ridiculous. The ebook comprises a few of history's such a lot notorious criminals and tells in bright aspect the tale of the lives they led, the crimes they devoted and the destruction and sorrow they left of their wake. From the unsolved horror of Jack the Ripper to the king of the gangsters Al Capone, Ted Bundy to Harold Shipman, each one access is illustrated with attention-grabbing photos and paintings, and targeted debts of every negative crime. a hundred so much notorious Criminals is a gripping and compelling portrait of the darker part of existence, and divulges the unusual and grisly tales in the back of the world's so much notorious murderers, swindlers and crooks.

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The final decade of capital punishment was by far the quietest. Between 1944 and 1954 the numbers executed fell to just four. Again this was the result of the decline in the homicide rate that, by the 1950s, had fallen to an historic low and was less than half the rate of the late 1920s. In addition, there was an increased aversion to the imposition of the death penalty with an increasing percentage of people convicted of murder being reprieved by the government. The last execution to take place in Ireland, and the last chapter in this book, was that of Michael Manning who was hanged in April 1954 and became the last person to be buried in an unmarked grave within the grounds of Mountjoy Prison.

The bad times seemed to have returned to that part of Kerry. Apart from the outrage caused by the callous murder of a young man the killing was also an undoubted source of embarrassment to a government that was still trying to establish its legitimacy among some sections of the population. To convey its concern General Eoin O’Duffy, Head of the Civic Guards, was instructed to travel to Scartaglin. He was reported to have been visibly moved when he expressed his sympathy for their ‘awful bereavement’.

Perhaps they thought that in the chaos of the times they could get away with whatever they wanted, having no fear of any consequences. Jordan and McMullen walked the short distance down Mill Street and over the wide stone bridge that crossed the River Slaney. m. they entered the National Bank on the main street. After Jordan asked for the manager the two took their guns from the attaché case and went behind the counter. When bank manager Maurice Wolfe opened his door Jordan levelled his revolver, shouting, ‘Hands Up!

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