crimes of their times
Some types of crime are eternal, such as swindles based on making the sucker think that he or she is getting something for nothing, or that the sucker is swindling the swindler in some way. Other crimes are created when new technology comes into widespread use.
   Credit-card crime, for instance, is strictly a 20th Century phenomenon, as are bank-robberies using such high-tech aides as thermal lances and industrial lasers.
These types of crime come into use and are then discarded in favour of new methods of assaulting the wealth of others using new technologies.
   Interest in crime is truly eternal, however - especially when things go horribly wrong for the criminal in an amusing way.
   That is what this collection is all about in the main - the lighter side of crime, seasoned with the serious crimes of their era to provide context and perspective.

Created for Romiley Literary Circle by HTSP Web Division, 10/12 SK6 4EG, UK. sole RLC, 2005