Whitechapel’s Sherlock Homes, The Casebook of Fred Wensley OBE KPM Victorian Crime Buster

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Fred Wensley was the son of a Somerset gardener who travelled London and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1888 and retired 41 years later as Chief Constable of Detectives. His life as a policeman was extraordinary and has been captured very ably in this book. There are some very helpful photo plate sections and this is a most informative book, not just in recounting and extraordinary life, but is exposing the state and development of policing into the forensically driven industry that it is today.

Wensley received the first Police medal to be awarded, was appointed OBE and dubbed “The Greatest Detective of All Time”. The author has brought to life this exceptional policeman in a very readable book.

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NAME: White Chapel’s Sherlock Homes, The Casebook of Fred Wensley OBE KPM Victorian Crime Buster
DATE: 070215
FILE: R2137
AUTHOR: Dick Kirby
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 254
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: 19th Century, Victorian England, working class, cheap housing, shared housing, Jack the Ripper, gas light, fog, poor areas, White Chapel, Mr Whicher, policing, poverty, crime detection, Chief Constable, Met Police
ISBN: 1-78383-179-0
IMAGE: B2137.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Fred Wensley was the son of a Somerset gardener who travelled London and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1888 and retired 41 years later as Chief Constable of Detectives. His life as a policeman was extraordinary and has been captured very ably in this book. There are some very helpful photo plate sections and this is a most informative book, not just in recounting and extraordinary life, but is exposing the state and development of policing into the forensically driven industry that it is today.

Sir Robert Peel can reasonably claim to have created and led the first modern police force. When Wensley joined the Met it was still growing from that starting point and set a standard that remained largely unchanged until the 1970s when police cars and radio communications changed policing dramatically and not entirely for the better. Wensley was a contributor to the development of the detective force and much of his experience was new.

It is temptingly easy to think of policing in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries with romantic affection. The reality was very different from the popular fiction on film and television. In Wensley’s time, it was a hard and dangerous business where criminal and policemen both ignored the rules when it suited. This led to Wensley being at times very controversial and suspected of ‘fitting up’ some innocent individuals. He was involved in the successful conviction of many murderers and he was also involved in the fight against anarchists and revolutionaries. He was also involved in the smashing of organized crime gangs.

Wensley received the first Police medal to be awarded, was appointed OBE and dubbed “The Greatest Detective of All Time”. The author has brought to life this exceptional policeman in a very readable book.

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