Rare Book Exhibit

Ferrier, J. Kenneth. Crooks & Crime. London: Seely, Service & Co. Limited, 1928.

donated by M. F. Carrick



Top Illustration-An American woman in man's dress.
Below-An example of identification by finger prints. The razor may alter a man's appearance but the convolutions of the finger print cannot be changed even by mutilation.

title page

title page

contents page

contents page

contents page

contents page

ear types

Page 17
Types of ear.

forehead types

Page 18
Types of forehead.

the eye

Page 19
The eye.

Great Scotland Yard

Page 24
Top Illustration-View of Great Scotland Yard in the eighteenth century.
Below-View of New Scotland Yard as it is today.

modern superintendent

Page 40
A modern superintendent of the Metropolitan Police, London.

superintendent and sergeants

Page 40
A superintendent and sergeants of the Metropolitan Police of 1850, wearing "stovepipe" hats of olden days.


Page 72
The Old Scaffold, Newgate.
The scene of the execution of many notorious criminals.

Old Bailey

Page 72
Old Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey.
The scene of many famous trials. The Sword of Justice can be seen suspended above the Seat of the Judge.

conjoined fingers

Page 88
Conjoined fingers of an American.
A very unusual physical deformity impossible to disguise.

facial peculiarities

Page 112
Facial Peculiarities.
In the top row are three noses with horizontal bases; in the middle are elevated bases and at the bottom are depressed bases. The forehead formation should also be noted.


Page 128
The author.
Ex-Divisional Detective Inspector J. Kenneth Ferrier who was attached to New Scotland Yard for 28 years.

members of police

Page 160
Members of the Metropolitan Police, London.
These men were sent to guard the Jubilee presents of Queen Victoria at the St. Louis Exhibition, U. S. A., 1904. The Author is the second figure from the left.

Page 160
The "Broadway Squad" of the Metropolitan Police, St. Louis, U. S. A., 1904.

foiled attempt

Page 200
A foiled attempt.
Photograph showing barrels of oil at Wandsworth which the Seinn Feiners attempted to set on fire.

Page 216
"Hands up!"
An American Bandit held up eight armed men and robbed them, each blamed the others for cowardice in not shooting him, but each avowed that he was the particular man covered by the muzzle of the revolver. To demonstrate the feasibility of this illusion this picture was painted.

handcuffs and devices

Page 224
Handcuffs and other devices used by United States Police and Sheriffs.
A "nipper" such as is shown at the top of this illustration is used to secure a troublesome prisoner. When (A) strikes the delinquents wrist the jaws (BB) close and cannot be opened as long as the officer maintains his grip on the handle. The chain "twister" shown on the right is another means of achieving the same end. The leg cuff known as the "Oregon boot" seen to the left is a modern variation of the ancient belt and chain. The other handcuffs are self explanatory.

Mad Mike's finale

Page 232
Mad Mike's dramatic finale.
One of the most fearless desperados that America ever knew, "Mad Mike" Morris finished his career in a welter of bloodshed, as described in this chapter. Above are shown the three intrepid detectives who faced certain death in order to rid society of this atrocious criminal, and below are three of the bandits.

fingerprint types

Page 240
Types of finger-prints.
Some samples of the infinite variety of ridges, variations of bifurcation, loops and whorls.

Gaol of St. Louis

Page 256
The Gaol of St. Louis, U. S. A.
Showing glazed roof, prison cells and spiral steel platform from which an armed warder watches the prisoners.

Sir Edward Henry

Page 264
Sir Edward Henry, K.C.B., G.C.V.O., K.C.V.O.
Who evolved the present system of recording finger prints for the identification of criminals.

use of the fingerprint

Page 272
A striking example of the use of the fingerprint for identification.
(a) An enlarged photograph of a fingerprint found on a small black-japanned cash box in the shop of the victims of a murderer. (b)The fingerprint which led to the identification of the murderer.

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