Jonathan Wild

Jonathan Wild was a famous English criminal and thief-taker of the 17th and 18th centuries. These two attributes are opposites. Thief takers were like policemen of the time, and Mr Jonathan Wild was Thief Taker General, an important law enforcement position. However, he had a double life, and he was also a robber, having a big entreprise of stolen goods. At the end he was caught and executioned. 

He was portrayed some years after his death in the novel ‘The Life and Death of Mr Jonathan Wild, the Great’, by Henry Fielding.

 

+http://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/may/15/classics.peterackroyd

+http://www.londonlives.org/static/ProsecutorsLitigants.jsp

+ http://news.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-lancashire/plain/A3176291

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