Villainy Detected functions as an online guide for those interested in crime and criminality in the 18th and 19th centuries, both in fact and fiction. The information provided includes contemporary reports and statistics, juxtaposed with fictional accounts of crime and punishment. There are short scholarly essays by academics from Lehigh University and various primary texts in facsimile. The site is searchable and searches can be filtered by century or location (British and American). The site also provides links to further resources such as external e-texts of crime literature.