Category: The Life and Death of Gamaliel Ratsey

Gamaliel Ratsey (d.1605): The Man whose Life Kick-started the “True Crime” Genre

Ratsey was a hardened offender who disdained honest work and turned to crime to live extravagantly. Little did he know that the account his life, a pamphlet titled “The Life of Gamaliel Ratsey” (1605) kick-started the “true” crime genre of popular literature.