Re: RARA-AVIS: Vidocq

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 07 May 2000

--- Eddie Duggan <> wrote:
> > Eugene Francois Vidocq, criminal turned detective,
> was the first
> director of Le Surete, or chief of detectives of the
> Parisian police
> department, established in 1812
> Vidocq left Le Surete under a cloud in 1827, to set
> up his own private
> detective agency, Les Bureau des Reseignements
> (Information Bureau) some
> 40 years before Alan Pinkerton set up his detective
> agency in Chicago in
> 1850.

As you probably understood by the dates, Vidocq accessed to a high position in the French state police under Napoleon.

His private agency was open in 1832 and its completre and correct name was: Bureau de Renseignements Universels.

That his memoirs were fictionalized is not an important point, as his real life details is documented enough by historians.

Part of the PRIVATE files his Bureau hold on its clients are still available in the French archives.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries htttp://

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