Chapbooks for Criminals

 These were the early Penny Dreadful, or tabloid magazine of the ilk National Enquirer.

They were deliberately sensationalist and were in pamphlet form

A Garland was a single sheet of paper folded into a handy size. 

Chapbooks were enormously popular in the 16th, 17th and 18th century and were printed largely for entertainment purposes. 

The kind of life covered in a Chapbook would/could include: Mutineer/Pimp/Footpad/Thief-taker/Gaoler/Executioner/Informant/Pirate/Highwayman/Pickpocket/Gangster/Prostitute/Bawd/