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17 Prominent Victorian Mugshots of Manchester Criminal Faces in the 19th Century

Images from the collection of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives that show the prominent criminal faces in the 19th century.

1. $10,000 for Boss Tweed - The World's Most Wanted Man.

$10,000 may seem a huge reward for this escaped prisoner in the 1870s, but William M Tweed was no small fish. He is alleged to have stolen between 25 and an amazing 400 million dollars from the taxpayers of New York City via various corrupt methods.

2. The Cultured Crook.

Leon Lampord, convicted of fraud at Manchester Assizes in July 1878 and sentenced to 15 months imprisonment

3. Thomas Murphy - The Reluctant Subject.

Murphy was convicted of a variety of crimes - chiefly stealing purses – by courts in Yorkshire and Lancashire from the 1880s to 1890s.

4. Liverpool Explosion.

McGrath, along with James McKevitt, were arrested after a failed attempt to blow up Liverpool Town Hall. The men - both said to be part of the Fenian movement, which was campaigning for a united Ireland – were arrested soon after the event, which only managed to cause minimal damage.Both men were tried at Liverpool Assizes the same year. On August 3rd, James McGrath, aged 32, was Sentenced to life imprisonment. James McKevitt received a 15-year sentence, which he is known to have served in Chatham Prison.

5. Thomas Wallace, a man with a prolific criminal career spanning three decades of the 1800s.

Thomas Wallace was first sentenced to a month's imprisonment for larceny in 1856. On release he offended again almost immediately and was sentenced to three months for a similar crime. On April 10th, 1871 he was sentenced to seven Years Penal Servitude for stealing cloth. He began his sentence in Leeds prison but on May 29th he escaped and went on the run.He next appears in court in December the same year and is sentenced to seven years for Receiving Stolen Goods; sentenced to twelve months in 1881 for escaping from prison; and sentenced to ten years penal servitude for another offence of receiving stolen goods in November 1882.

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