In 1863 a shocked court heard how a middle-class mother of nine had beaten, starved and abused her maid, an orphan from the workhouse.
The life of Kitty Tyrrell, a Victorian jobbing actress, would have been forgotten had she not had the misfortune to be killed by her corset.
The father of the great Joseph Grimaldi was the victim of a terrifying fear that led him to make an extraordinary request in his will.
Many Londoners only achieved their fifteen minutes of fame in the newspapers as criminals. Here is a selection from London Overlooked's extensive archive of crime stories.