No. 436
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
August 19, 2019

The Green-Eyed Monster.

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Photo of Cindy Weber in the "Red Deer Advocate," October 23, 1981, via Newspapers.com Every missing-persons story is tragic, of course. However, I know of few such cases that are both as heart-breakingly sad and utterly peculiar as the following disappearance. It reads like a psychological horror movie, with an almost Fortean ending. People inevitably called Cynthia "Cindy" Weber of
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Strange Company - 8/19/2019

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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

The hanging, and then posthumous beheading and head-spiking, of the Virginia slave Abram lacks any firmer primary date than the signature given this Richmond newspaper report that was later widely reprinted in the young United States. (Our text here hails from the Hartford, Conn. American Mercury, September 18, 1800.) A HORRID MURDER. Capt. John Patterson, […]
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Executed Today - 8/19/2019
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
(sic) Mary Catherine Anderson—Katie to her friends—was in good spirits when she went out the evening of Monday, February 7, 1887. 16-year-old Katie Anderson was a domestic servant living at the home of her employer, Stat Colkitt on his farm in Mount Holly, New Jersey. She said she was just going out for a walk, but Katie was not seen again until Tuesday morning when a neighboring farmer found
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Murder By Gaslight - 8/17/2019

The neighborhood surrounding St. Mark’s Church on Second Avenue and 10th Street owes its charm to the descendants of the Stuyvesant family. These were the great-great grandsons and granddaughters of Petrus Stuyvesant, the director-general of New Netherland from 1647-1664. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, these Stuyvesants lived in stately houses on land that […]
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Ephemeral New York - 8/19/2019
[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
"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.