No. 493
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
October 20, 2020

The Green-Eyed Monster.

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"Brighton Gazette," April 7, 1831, via British Newspaper ArchiveIt’s often said that the duty of journalists is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”  However, one newspaper man gave his own fun twist to this motto.  While he did indeed “afflict the comfortable” to a marked degree, the only “comfort” his efforts provided was to...himself.On April 10, 1831, a London-based former
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Strange Company - 10/19/2020

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A CHAMPIONSan Francisco ChronicleOctober 12, 1898(Click image to enlarge)     ASCOMB IS A CHAMPION    Guess Bascomb Smith wasn't all bad. The texts of the newspaper appear below.  Miss Hall finds a champion. Brother of  “ Soapy” Smith claims her as his wife.There is another side to the pathetic story told to the police by Minnie Hall, the Vaudeville actress to jump into the bay from Howard
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 9/25/2020

Cigarette ads, a burlesque house, a struggling theater, a flea circus and freak show (likely Hubert’s Museum): If you visited 42nd Street on the west side of Broadway at Times Square in 1932, this is what you’d find. “42nd Street West of Broadway” was painted that year by Edmund Yaghjian, an Armenian immigrant who depicted […]
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Ephemeral New York - 10/18/2020
Colorization can sometimes add another whole dimension to vintage black and white photos. We’ve done this one of the crime …

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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 8/31/2020
This week we are pleased to present a guest post from Howard and Nina Brown, experts on the Whitechapel Murders of Jack the Ripper. They are the owners of JTRForums.Com and have been Ripperologists for 20 years. Along with the website, JTRForums.Com, they also have pages on Twitter, Facebook, and a You Tube page. They're always looking for people interested in the Whitechapel Murders and can be
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Murder By Gaslight - 10/17/2020

October 18 is the feast date of early Christian (and possibly legendary) martyr-saint Justus of Beauvais. He’s supposed to have been decapitated for the faith in Amiens, France, around 287, and thereafter scooped up his head in his arms to join the cephalophore club. The Miracle of Saint Justus, by Peter Paul Rubens (1630s). Widely […]
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Executed Today - 10/18/2020
[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
"It Costs Money to Fix Things." | Murderous Assault by a Wife on Her Husband.

The Green-Eyed Monster.

jealous old lady

A Jealous old lady wanders into strange apartments in a hotel, and under mistaken impressions treats the inmates to a morning bath; New York City.[more]

An Old Lady’s Mistake and an Early Morning Bath.

Jealousy often leads the one afflicted with it to many strange actions and queer mistakes. An old lady from the western part of the state was stopping with her husband at one of the leading hotels in this city during the past week, and managed to create a scene which caused a great deal of laughter. She went downstairs early in the morning to her breakfast, leaving her better half still in the arms of Morpheus. Not being accustomed to the hotel, on her return she mistook another room for her own. Great was her consternation to find a couple in bed. Jealousy fired her up at once; and, going into the hall, she grabbed a watering pipe which had been left there by one of the servants, and turned it on full force at the sleeping pair. It woke them, and when they rose in their attempt to escape the old lady, a mistake became apparent at once. She had struck the wrong room. Profuse apologies and dry garments settled the affair.

 


Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, October 23, 1880.