In Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist" (2005), in the morning when Fagin has brought Oliver breakfast to the bedroom he locked him in for the night he tells Oliver that he caused him and the other boys great anxiety and he tells a short story.
The story is about a lad he once had and he eventually ran away and went to the police and when Fagin asks Oliver "Can you guess how he ended up?"
Fagin says "They hanged him. You don't have to be guilty you see. They hang you for anything these days that because they're so very fond of hanging".
But why would they hang him if he did nothing wrong?
Was it like that back in the 19th Century?