No. 473
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
May 29, 2020

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"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandjin As always, this week's Link Dump brings you the latest news! Or is is "mews?" The Hitler version of Nigerian e-mails. A bookbinding James Bond. Some archaeologists claim they've found the room where the Last Supper was held. The unusual tomb of Napoleon III's dentist. This headline makes an excellent description for 2020 in general.
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Strange Company - 5/29/2020

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"SOAPY” SMITH HAS CASHED IN Rocky Mountain News July 17, 1898 (article is transcribed below) (Click image to enlarge) OAPY SMITH HAS CASHED IN." "Smith died with his boots on and a cigar in his mouth." Below is the entire transcribed article from the Rocky Mountain News, July 17, 1898. “SOAPY” SMITH HAS CASHED IN _____ Survived His Big Fourth of July Celebration by
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 4/19/2020

On this date in 1780, statistician Johann Heinrich Waser “One of the most spectacular and horrific treason cases of the late eighteenth century” in the words of Jeffrey Freedman (A Poisoned Chalice | here’s a review) — one that “shattered the complacent belief that such a brutal and cynical act of repression could no longer […]
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Executed Today - 5/27/2020
Beginning on January 1st, W&W will begin featuring fascinating short clippings from the Fall River papers and other newspapers from …

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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 12/29/2019
Joseph Snyder murdering Jacob Geogle and wife - Judge Lynch meets out death to the scoundrel in a summary manner Portraits: 1. Joseph Snyder - 2. Alice Geogle, whom Snyder attempted to rape. In 1880, Jacob and Annie Geogle lived with their three children in the town of Santee’s Mills near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Jacob worked as a miner in an iron ore mine and to supplement his meager
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Murder By Gaslight - 5/23/2020

It’s a simple marker inside the dog run at Stuyvesant Square, the leafy park on either side of Second Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets. “In honor and memory of Pvt. Moses Miller, who died at sea January 26, 1944.” The plaque was dedicated in 1946, it says. The dog run is currently closed, unfortunately, but […]
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Ephemeral New York - 5/24/2020
[Editor’s note: Guest writer, Peter Dickson, lives in West Sussex, England and has been working with microfilm copies of The Duncan Campbell Papers from the State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia. The following are some of his analyses of what he has discovered from reading these papers. Dickson has contributed many transcriptions to the Jamaica Family […]
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Early American Crime - 2/7/2019
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How the indignant citizens of Brockwayville, PA., ridded themselves of a nuisance by calling in the assistance of a plucky engineer and his locomotive.

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For some time Dominic Morillo, an Italian, has been keeping a house of bad repute and an illicit liquor shop on the property of the Ridgeway and Clearfield Railroad at Brockwayville, Penn. Every effort was made to close it up, but without success.

On the evening of Dec. 20 A. J. Cooper an engineer, ran his locomotive on the siding near the house, and a number of men fastened chains around the house and to the locomotive. Then the engine was started, and the whole building was torn form its foundation and completely wrecked. The ruins were afterward set on fire and burned. The inmates escaped unhurt.

 

From The National Police Gazette, January 12, 1884