It's criminal to publish a true crime book without an index.
On May 17, 1905, John Boyle, described as an antiquary and a man of culture, was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing, among other items, 50 volumes of Samuel Palmer’s ‘Index to The Times’.
On another occasion, Samuel Palmer was visited in his Shepperton offices by a police officer from Birmingham, who wanted to know whether a certain man had previous convictions. Palmer checked his index, and found that he had. The policeman went away satisfied – the felon could now be transported to Australia rather than given three months.
David A. Green is a freelance indexer living in Petersfield, Hampshire.
The Indexed Word
Random thoughts about books, indexes, and book indexing.