Crime and the Craft: Masonic Involvement in Murder, Treason and Scandal

Crime and the Craft: Masonic Involvement in Murder, Treason and Scandal

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  • Masons involved in murder, treason, conspiracy and scandal
  • Jack the Ripper and Freemasons: the full facts revealed for the first time
  • Kenneth Noye: what was his involvement in Freemasonry?
  • Masons and the development of forensic science
  • Does your lodge’s history contain crime or scandal, a hero or villain?

Crime and the Craft: Masonic Involvement in Murder, Treason and Scandal reveals the Freemasons who have been involved in murder, treason, skulduggery and scandal from the time of the English Civil War to the 1980s. Nearly every infamous case investigated by Scotland Yard, including Jack the Ripper, Oscar Wilde, Dr Crippen, the Great Train Robbery and Kray twins, is shown to have Masonic involvement for good or bad.

For the first time, it is shown that sixty lodges have a link to Jack the Ripper with a known suspect identified as a Mason. Masonic involvement in police corruption, from the Trial of the Detectives in 1877 to Operation Countryman, is uncovered. The true involvement of gangster Kenneth Noye is also revealed as are details of the Mason making secret signs at the judge during a murder trial at the Old Bailey.

This fascinating book for the Freemason and historian also describes how members of the Craft have been pioneers in the development of forensic pathology, fingerprint evidence and the use of images to catch criminals. Ultimately, Crime and the Craft answers the question: ‘Is there a relationship between Freemasonry and crime?’


Mike Neville is a Freemason who belongs to many Masonic orders and a retired Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector. He is an expert on the history of the Craft and crime. Neville is also world renowned for his ability to catch criminals with CCTV using ‘Super Recogniser’ officers. Consequently, he travels the world assisting police forces and giving lectures in lodges. He is the author of Sacred Secrets: Freemasonry, the Bible and Christian Faith, holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army Cadet Force and is the national training officer for music.


234 x 156 mm - paperback - 400 pages - 98 black-and-white photographs

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