Jonathan Wild

Jonathan Wild (baptised 6 May 1683 – 24 May 1725) was perhaps the most infamous criminal of London — and possibly Great Britain — during the 18th century, both because of his own actions and the uses novelists, playwrights, and political satirists made of them. He invented a scheme which allowed him to run one of the most successful gangs of thieves of the era, all the while appearing to be the nation's leading policeman. He manipulated the press and the nation's fears to become the most loved public figure of the 1720s; this love turned to hatred when his villainy was exposed. After his death, he became a symbol of corruption and hypocrisy.

Read more about Jonathan Wild:  Early Life, Coming Into His Own, Wild's Public Career As "Thief-Taker General", The Jack Sheppard Struggle and Downfall, Arrest, Trial and Execution, Literary Treatments

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Jonathan Wild - Literary Treatments
... Jonathan Wild is famous today not so much for setting the example for organized crime as for the uses satirists made of his story ... When Wild was hanged, the papers were filled with accounts of his life, collections of his sayings, farewell speeches and the like ... Genuine Account of the Life and Actions of the Late Jonathan Wild in June 1725 ...
Charles Hitchen - As Under City Marshal and Crime Lord
... losses to traders and merchants, and Hitchen, like Jonathan Wild later, acted as a "finder" of stolen merchandise and negotiated a fee for the return of ... Hitchen enlisted Jonathan Wild to help him keep control of his thieves while he himself was out of action ... However, Jonathan Wild was now Hitchen's chief rival for criminal control ...
Augustan Prose - The Novel
... In particular, he investigated Jack Sheppard and Jonathan Wild and wrote True Accounts of the former's escapes (and fate) and the latter's life ... She pursues a wild career of material gain, travels to Maryland, commits incest, returns to England, and repents of her sins ... Daniel Defoe's criminal biographies The History of Jonathan Wild the Great ...

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