James Jacob Thomson and the Ottoman Connection

I’m off to Turkey tomorrow for a long-awaited vacation. Yes, I realize that no sane person heads to that part of the world in July, but as it’s already 35oC with the humidex in Ontario, it’s really just a lateral move at this point. Glancing through my travel book this morning, I remembered that one of…

Detection in England from Bow Street to the Met

Originally posted on English Legal History:
Detectives have had a special niche in popular culture for many years. Beginning in the nineteenth century with the works of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins and followed later in the century by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, detectives captured the nineteenth-century imagination. Today, crime novels, although still popular, have…

The Birth of Detectives in the Met

As my previous post on European police suggested, many Britons equated centralized policing with government tyranny and espionage. To avoid such criticisms, when the Metropolitan Police was established in 1829 there was no detective branch.[1] The police commissioners and the Home Office felt that it would be better to make the prevention of crime the…