Female thieves gang of Victorian times

40 elephants
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What comes to mind first if you think about Victorian women? Corsets, puffy skirts from the 1800s, yes .... This is such a painful restriction for women, creating an image of a fragile, barely breathing in the heavy "armor" of the lady. But somewhere in the outfits of the Victorian fashion, there was a gang of horror - a women's gang. It originated in 1800, more precisely, no one will say, her birthday remains unknown, and London has been terrorized for more than two centuries.
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She carried out the largest burglary operations in Britain between the 1870s and the 1950s. They called themselves "Forty Elephants." The gang was as brutal as the men's gangs, perfectly organized and effective.
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The engraving of 1787, but she is about shoplifting.
Historian Brian MacDonald, who is investigating London’s criminality, said of the 40 Elephant gang as follows: "The girls were not afraid of anyone, they had a good physique, they were strong, and they could fight as well as men. They were also smart, sly and bold."
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Girls from gangs used knives and steel rods in fights with members of other gangs. They were also feared by men - members of the underworld and the police.
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Then the 19th century was gone, and the gang remained ... 40 elephants entered their heavy and fearful step in the 20th century).
“In the early 20th century, most Londoners knew about them. They used powerful cars to get away from the chase, and their raids became more impudent.” "They lived the lives of glam movie stars, spending wild parties and spending money in pubs and restaurants.
Without a doubt, they were the most notorious female gang of Britain "- the historian concludes.
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Flory Holmes, a member of the 40 Elephant Gang, was a gangster girlfriend before becoming one of the elephants
The girls wore specially selected clothes that made it easy to hide expensive items in high-end retail stores. Women have traditionally been given quite a bit of privacy while shopping, and Elephants have fully utilized this, leaving stores with thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods. But they organized and mass raids - robbing chic shops, most often department stores.
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Queen of forty thieves
At the beginning of the 20th century, the gang was led by Alice Diamond, Diamond Annie or the Queen of Forty Thieves. She was known for her fist bump full of diamond rings.
Usually the attack began suddenly, at the signal of the “queen”, when several dozen raiders flew into all the entrances of the store. The shop guards did not have time to grab the many young women smashing shop windows and tearing off expensive clothes from the racks. Frightened managers did not even try to resist.
Mostly the robbery ended with the arrival of the police and the fight with the policeman, but it was otherwise - even before the police arrived, at a signal from the queen and the gang members left the store with a pile of expensive clothes and jewels, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
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Lilian Rose Kendal, better known as Hairy Bob, gangster
Forty elephants spent their incomes, arranging generous jazz parties and enjoying a luxurious lifestyle, usually beyond the reach of women.
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Ganstersha Ada Jenston
Early 20th century
The girls who joined the gang took part in it for most of their lives, many of them started at the age of 14 and continued into old age.Even if they were captured, they were never sentenced to prison for more than 3 years.
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Forty Elephants did not specialize in violent crimes, but they defended their trophies ardently and desperately. Maggie Hughes, a notorious runaway from a store with a tray full of diamond rings, was arrested after she had a hairpin gouged out to the police officer.
In addition to the robbery of shops, women's gangs were engaged in kidnapping and blackmail.
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The gang existed at least from 1873 to the 1950s, and more than seventy direct gang members operating in the 1920s and 1930s were identified.
As security became much more organized in the 1950s and store theft became much more risky, the Forty Elephants eventually disappeared, but left memories of terror in the hearts of many London shopkeepers.

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