No. 423
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
April 23, 2019

Killed and Eaten by Hogs.

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Rosa Buckstahlen and Ida Bjornstad, servants in the Chicago mansion of Amos J. Snell, were awakened at 2:00 the morning of February 8, 1888, by the sound of a gunshot from the floor below. They heard someone shout “Get out! Get out of here!” followed by more gunshots, then silence. Thinking that all was well—or more likely, too frightened to do anything else—the girls went back to sleep.
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Murder by Gaslight - 4/20/2019
I count six transportation options Brooklynites had in 1915, according to this rich and detailed postcard of Flatbush Avenue. There’s the elevated train, of course, as well as a streetcar, automobile, bicycle, horse and wagon, and of course, getting around on foot, as most of the crowd seems to be doing—when they’re not mugging for […]
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Ephemeral New York - 4/21/2019
[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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Killed and Eaten by Hogs.

Eaten by Hogs

A woman is murdered, then thrown into the streets, where she is partially devoured by hogs; Hunter’s Point, N. Y. [more]

While playing near the public school in East Fourth street, Hunter’s Point, last week, a party of children noticed a number of hogs rooting at what appeared to be a bundle of old clothes. The boys drove the animals away and found that the hogs had been eating the dead body of a woman. The police were notified and the body was removed to the Morgue. Pieces of flesh had been torn from the arms face and legs of the body.

The corpse was identified as that of Jane Irwin, a woman of forty years of age and the mother of six children. Her husband, James Irwin, is a mason, and the two lived at 1432 Second avenue, New York. On Thursday afternoon the deceased left her home to visit some friends in Hunter’s Point. She called on her friends and aided in consuming a large quanity of beer.

It is believed that on her return home she was outraged by a pack of roughs, who had murdered her for fear she would divulge their names. An investigation has so far failed to reveal anything in connection with her death.


Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, December 4, 1880.