Friday, July 24, 2015

7/24/1775 Vidocq est né

July 24, 1775.  Eugene Francois Vidocq was born on this date in Arras, France.  He grew up to be a criminal, soldier, spy, and founder of the Sûreté.  He is considered the first private investigator,  and the first modern criminologist, as well.  His memoir is often thought of as early detective fiction, which I suppose is not a compliment.  But he certainly influenced crime writers for a century.

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