Robert Fabian

Robert Honey Fabian (31 January 1901 14 June 1978) was an English police officer, who rose to the rank of Detective Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police.[1]

Robert Fabian
Robert Honey Fabian

(1901-01-31)31 January 1901
Died14 June 1978(1978-06-14) (aged 77)
EmployerMetropolitan Police


One biographical account of Fabian credits him with the capture of Robert Augustus Delaney, the first known cat burglar.

After retirement from the force, he worked as crime writer.[1] His work was dramatised in the BBC drama series, 1954-56, Fabian of the Yard,[1] based on his book of the same name (in reference to New Scotland Yard). Each episode ended with an epilogue in which Fabian described the real-life case on which the preceding story had been based.[1] It is written that Fabian took up gardening after his retirement from the Metropolitan Police.

He subsequently wrote a somewhat salacious but revelatory account of Soho's vice trade in London After Dark.[2].

On March 12, 1957, he appeared on the game show, To Tell the Truth - he was correctly identified by the entire panel, with the exception of Carl Reiner.

Fabian appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 20 February 1956.[3]


  • Fabian of the Yard. Naldrett Press. 1950.
  • London After Dark. Naldrett Press. 1954.

See also


  1. Paul Lawrence, 'Fabian, Robert Honey (1901–1978)', first published Sept 2010, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/77433
  2. Fabian, Robert (1954). London After Dark. The Naldrett Press.
  3. "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Robert Fabian". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2014.

Further reading

  • Deming, Richard (1963). Famous Investigators. Whitman.
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