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  • **My Apprenticeship To Crime : Arthur Harding**

    Harding, a long time East End criminal, has been the focus of some attention ever since the release of Tom Wescott's, "The Bank Holiday Murders".



    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/conten...eship-to-Crime

    These links lead to PDFs of every chapter in the book :


    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Librar.../Chapters-1-10


    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Librar...Chapters-11-21


    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Librar...Chapters-22-31
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    Makes rather gripping reading. Thanks!

    Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
    Harding, a long time East End criminal, has been the focus of some attention ever since the release of Tom Wescott's, "The Bank Holiday Murders".



    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/conten...eship-to-Crime

    These links lead to PDFs of every chapter in the book :


    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Librar.../Chapters-1-10




    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Librar...Chapters-11-21


    http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Librar...Chapters-22-31

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    • #3
      Glad you like them, Bob.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
        Glad you like them, Bob.
        I may well be losing my mind How but there's no Chapter 2.....unless it is staring me in the face. It's about Dr. Barnardo's homes.....

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        • #5
          No, Bob....I see that too. There isn't a Chapter 2.
          Let me try to run one down.
          I had no idea that it wasn't included.
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          • #6
            Bear in mind, guys, that this is the only person to personally spill ink against Sgt. William Thick, someone he had never met...

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            • #7
              Gary:

              You've overlooked the letters to the Met suggesting Thick as being the Whitechapel Murderer, written by H.T. Haslewood in September 1889...
              He's, in fact, the only cop who I can recall having had this honor.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                Gary:

                You've overlooked the letters to the Met suggesting Thick as being the Whitechapel Murderer, written by H.T. Haslewood in September 1889...
                He's, in fact, the only cop who I can recall having had this honor.
                How,

                I stand corrected, sir .

                Gary .

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                • #9
                  Gary;
                  Regarding Haslewood....it hasn't been determined if he ever met Thick.
                  Haslewood, in his letters, suggests Thick suffered from a 'decease' ( disease), most likely of a sexual nature.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                    Gary:

                    You've overlooked the letters to the Met suggesting Thick as being the Whitechapel Murderer, written by H.T. Haslewood in September 1889...
                    He's, in fact, the only cop who I can recall having had this honor.
                    Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                    Gary;
                    Regarding Haslewood....it hasn't been determined if he ever met Thick.
                    Haslewood, in his letters, suggests Thick suffered from a 'decease' ( disease), most likely of a sexual nature.
                    Most likely a hoax letter based on a press report of Thick's involvement in the case, don't you think?

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                    • #11
                      Most likely a hoax letter based on a press report of Thick's involvement in the case, don't you think?
                      -Gary Barnett-


                      Gary:
                      The other day, Maria Birbili mentioned an article appearing in the papers which had to deal with that accusation against Thick....at the time, I thought Maria was referring to the HO File ( the Haslewood material )....maybe I was wrong and she was right.

                      Do you remember which paper that was in ? As I try to recall if I ever saw it, something tells me that I jumped the guin and it is in one of the local papers.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post
                        Bear in mind, guys, that this is the only person to personally spill ink against Sgt. William Thick, someone he had never met...
                        I knew he hadn't read my book.

                        Yours truly,

                        Tom Wescott

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                        • #13
                          Excellent find, Howard. I've been wanting to read
                          this book.

                          Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tom_Wescott View Post
                            I knew he hadn't read my book.

                            Yours truly,

                            Tom Wescott
                            Tom,

                            I've read it twice. My copy is covered with fluorescent green post it notes.

                            If it had an index I could have quickly looked the reference up for How. ;-)

                            Gary.

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                            • #15
                              The typescript available via the Bishopsgate Institute website is fascinating, but the book you really need is:

                              East End Underworld: the Life of Arthur Harding by Raphael Samuels

                              Based on hours of recorded interviews with Harding, it puts his activities into historical context. Out of print now, sadly, and expensive to buy second hand. But worth it just to find out about the likes of Biddy the Chivver and China Bob.

                              And talking of such, I see Mad Frankie Fraser has popped his clogs.

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