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Victorian Criminal Slang

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Mutcher was a new one for me. A thief who robs drunks. In the Jack the Ripper miniseries.

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Christening Jack: scratching names off watches so they can be resold.

Dead lurk: robbing a house while the family are at church.

Dragsman: stealing luggage from a moving cab.

Flying the blue pigeon: stealing lead from roofs.

Snoozer: robbing sleeping people

Bug Hunting: rolling drunks

Mutcher: a person who goes “bug hunting” (see above)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/crime_01.shtml

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