No. 423
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
April 24, 2019

“I’ve Taken Poison, Maudie!”

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Fight of the Century! | “I’ve Taken Poison, Maudie!”

“I’ve Taken Poison, Maudie!”

Ive taken poison

Cripple Creek, Colorado, November 1896 - Josie Coyle, a well-known young woman, of Cripple Creek, Col, ends her life. A house of ill repute in Poverty Gulch, Cripple Creek, Colo., was the scene of a dramatic suicide early the other morning when Josie Coyle, a popular inmate, ended her troubles with poison. [more]

She had taken a large dose of some drug when she was discovered by one of the other girls who asked her if she felt ill.

“I’ve taken poison, Maudie!” was all she could say and then she died in a few minutes.

The name, Josie Coyle, was an assumed one. The woman was married, her husband, a blacksmith, residing in Denver. She had two children living with their father. Almost the last thing she said was that she hoped they would never know the depth to which their mother had been degraded.


The National Police Gazette, November 28, 1896