No. 444
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
October 18, 2019

A Triangular Fight.

September 19, 2016
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On this date in 1902, Jim Buchanan was tried, convicted, sentence, and immediately executed in Nagocdoches, Texas … with his full assent. Barely a week earlier, a word had been received of a “prosperous farmer”, Duncan Hicks, found murdered with his wife and his daughter near the village of Attoyac. Although Buchanan was swiftly arrested […]
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Executed Today - 10/17/2019

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By Jo Anne Giovino with photography and research by Barbara Morrissey and Kristin Pepe *(All rights reserved, August 2019) Although …

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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 7/31/2019

Via Newspapers.com The love lives of some people are...complicated. Especially when ghosts are involved. The "St. Louis Post-Dispatch," August 4, 1909: Mrs. Bessie Mendelsohn of 4457A Cottage avenue said Wednesday she was feeling fine spiritually and otherwise, now that her divorce suit against Jacob Mendelsohn, who has a spirit affinity, is on its way to trial in the materialistic
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Strange Company - 10/16/2019
Jeff and Joe Soapy Smith buries Joe Simmons The Illustrated Police News April 9, 1892 (Click image to enlarge) oe Simmons was a tall, slender gambler known to many as “Gambler Joe” Simmons, a member of the Soap Gang who managed Soapy Smith's Tivoli Club in Denver, 1890, and Soapy's Orleans Club in Creede, 1892. According to William Devere’s poem "Two Little Busted Shoes," Simmons
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 3/25/2019
John Delaney met Mary Jane Cox in October 1886; she smiled at him as they passed each other on Fulton Street in Brooklyn, and he turned to follow her. She was 17-years-old, he was 15. Mary Jane did not refuse his advances outright, but gave him her address and told him to write to her. Their relationship progressed quickly, and eight months later, Mary Jane told John she was pregnant, and he
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Murder By Gaslight - 10/12/2019

In this photo, some of the letters look red, others are definitely pink. No matter what colors the letters are, this gorgeous glowing sign for Neil’s Coffee Shop on 70th Street and Lexington Avenue is proof that New York bars and restaurants still feature the city’s iconic iridescent neon store signage. Neil’s is an under-the-radar […]
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Ephemeral New York - 10/13/2019
[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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Early American Crime - 2/7/2019
A Man under Her Bed. | Had a High Old Time.

A Triangular Fight.

A Triangular Fight

Three pretty women of Cincinnati, Ohio, have a scrapping match in “The Abbey” with no serious results. [more]

“The Abbey,” on Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, O., was the scene of a pretty little fight on night recently, between three well-known women named Gertie Roberts, a McFarland street landlady; May St. Clair and Bessie Anderson. The tree women were under the influence of liquor and it was not long before they began to fight among themselves. Bessie called May a hard name and in return was biffed in the eye and knocked down. At this point Gertie Roberts sailed in and went for May and received a good thumping for her trouble. After the women had been separated it was found that Bessie’s eyes were the color of shoe-blacking, and that Gertie’s nose had gone around to attend a tea party with her back hair, while the victorious May was all right. All are now said to be training for the ring.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, September 28, 1889.