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Charles Peace

CHARLIE-PEACE (4)cCharles Peace was a Victorian criminal so notorious that he merited a mention by name in a Sherlock Holmes short story, “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”.

As far as I can tell, this photo is from around 1858 when Peace would have been about 26, and near the start of his criminal career, which ended with his execution in 1879. Most of his crimes involved burglary, but he murdered two people along the way, including a policeman.

Original B&W photo.