By Malcolm Archibald
Nineteenth-century Dundee used to be a difficult, unforgiving position. for lots of of its electorate, it used to be the survival of the fittest, and to outlive they became to crime. yet what used to be it quite like either for the criminals and the law-abiding electorate to dwell within the streets and closes of Dundee at the moment? A Sink of Atrocity finds the true Dundee of the 19th century and the normal and remarkable crimes of the days. in addition to the standard household violence, fights and petty thefts, the Peter Wallace gang plagued town whereas Resurrectionists triggered panic and alarm. there have been additionally notorious murders and an excellent number of crimes by way of girls, in addition to hugely strange crimes similar to the robbery of a whale at sea. in contrast tidal wave of crime stood males like Patrick Mackay and the city's different Messengers-at-Arms, chargeable for apprehending criminals prior to the arrival of the police. It was once a tricky task in a difficult urban, however the punishments have been critical because the specialists fought not easy to carry legislation and order to nineteenth-century Dundee.