This website has emerged from my expanding research interests in the history of Crime Detection within the small team of detectives that served in the London Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard during the mid-Victorian era. It was prompted by my discovery, through family history research, that one of my great-great grandfathers, George Clarke, had been one of the leading detectives in Scotland Yard between 1862 and 18777. After extensive research on Clarke's time at Scotland Yard, my book about his career: "The Chieftain; Victorian True Crime through the Eyes of a Scotland Yard Detective", was published by The History Press in 2011.
Since 2011, I have been undertaking further research on Clarke and several of his former Scotland Yard colleagues, and this new website (established in July 2016), provides the mechanism by which I would like to share information on the history of crime-detection and the evolution of the detective force in Victorian London. On this website, I will be focusing not only on Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke, but also on a number of his colleagues, including Superintendent Adolphus ('Dolly') Williamson, Superintendent James Jacob Thomson, Detective Chief Inspectors William Palmer and Nathaniel Druscovich and Inspector John Meiklejohn, amongst others.
More information and links to other relevant sources will be provided over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, while I get reorganised, you will find some other relevant information at my earlier website and blog at http://chrispaynebooks.com/publications/true-crime/