John Brown would get his John Thomas out at every opportunity, in any public place in the vicinity of Whitefriars.
Whitefriars, between Fleet Street and the river Thames, had once been a salubrious place, but was now acquiring a reputation as “a debtors’ sanctuary and thieves’ paradise”, a dingy area where people fought and cheated their way through life.
It was in this darkening part of London that John Brown operated, targeting not not only women, but children, horrifying them. It was in this small, grim network of alleys and wharves that Brown had been able to carry on with his anti-social, sexual behaviour for a considerable amount of time.
But in 1824, a new vagrancy act was passed, that suddenly curtailed Brown’s activities.
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