Criminal Reminiscences and Detective Sketches

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Allan Pinkerton 1819 1884 was the world s first private detective Emigrating to Chicago from Glasgow Scotland he discovered a gang of counterfeiters and assisted in their capture He became deputy sheriff of Kane County then Cook County resigning from the police to form the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1852 The Pinkerton logo the All Seeing Eye inspired the phrase Private Eye The mental characteristics of Allan Pinkerton were judgment as to facts knowledge of men the ability to concentrate his faculties on one subject and the persistent power of will A mysterious problem of crime against which his life was devoted presented to his thought was solved almost in an instant and seemingly by his intuitions With half closed eyes he saw the scene in which the wrong was done read every movement of the criminals and reached invariably the correct conclusion as to their conduct and guilt Book jacket

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"Those sketches pertaining to my own career as a detective have been taken at random from the thousands of incidents which have occurred during my detective experience, and are simply a sample of the numberless circumstances daily occurring..."

"Of the criminal reminiscences gathered together, I claim no particular merit of originality for, or of them. They are merely memories of the past, in a criminal sense - of occurrences ripe with thrilling interest in their time, and still full of fascination and attractiveness; and of men, brilliant, talented men, who have lived their unworthy lives of magnificent crime, occupying great stations and high eminences, as these are measured, among the strange and mysterious class to whom we give the generic term of criminals."

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