Alan Pinkerton revolutionized detective work

It is a fact that Alan Pinkerton revolutionized detective work by widely distributing detailed descriptions and photographs of criminals to expedite their capture.

Detailed descriptions and photographs of criminals

The Pinkerton agency is credited with the idea of sending detailed descriptions and photographs of criminals. Allan Pinkerton was the first detective to introduce this method of finding criminals in a case. The distribution of such portraits was carried out in major cities across the country, which significantly hastened the capture of intruders.

History of Allan Pinckerton, 1842

Starting in 1842, Allan Pinkerton lived near Chicago, in the town of Dundee, where he was elected sheriff in 1846.

After four years, he left the civil service and founded his own detective agency, which specialized in railway thefts and became very popular.

Among the key accomplishments of the agency were the arrests of the organizers of the Adams Express railroad company robbery and the prevention of the assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln in 1861.

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