This book throws new light on white-collar crime, criminals and criminality in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. It does so by considering the life of one man, Jesse Varley (1869-1929), who embezzled more than £80,000 from Wolverhampton's Corporation, and for a decade and more enjoyed an ostentatiously extravagant lifestyle. He was discovered, and despite serving a period of penal servitude, he turned again to white-collar crime (this time in Sheffield). Sentenced again to penal servitude, he died a few years later in Liverpool in what were said to be 'very poor circumstances'.
INTRODUCTION; PART I: MOTIVES; 1.PREDISPOSITION; 2.AMBITION; 3.OPPORTUNITY; PART II: METHODS; 4.DECEIT AND DISPLAY; PART III: RETRIBUTION; 5. ARREST AND PROSECUTION; 6. PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION; 7. RECIDIVISM AND RECONVICTION; PART IV: REPERCUSSIONS; 8.SHAME, BLAME AND REFORM; CONCLUSION.