The Bloody Code

In Victorian England (during the mid to late 1800s), there were 222 crimes which could get you hanged.

They included such odd crimes as stealing from shipwrecks, pick pocketing, living with gypsies for a month, maiming of cattle and being out a night with a blackened face. Later on, this became known as the Bloody Code.

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