Autobiographical narratives written by criminals have provided both information for social scientists who study crime and entertainment for the general public. These works share narrative space with other works about the lives of criminals, such as gallows confessions, broadsheets, pamphlets, and fiction, including novels and films. In the United States, criminal autobiographies first began to be published in the 18th century. In these autobiographies, men and women who were accused and/or convicted of a crime not only recount the events of their lives ...

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