No. 512
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
March 02, 2021

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Tag: Fraud

Beat the Hypnotist.

Two girls, who had been ill-treated by a fake mesmerist, get revenge in Indianapolis, Ind.

7/2/2018

Her Trick Spirit Trick Exposed.

Mrs. Bested seized by two men while giving a séance at Hartford, Conn.

9/18/2017

They Ran a Snide Game.

A “friendly” poker scheme exposed at Bogota, N. J., by one of the players squealing.

6/13/2016

Thimble Rig A La Mode.

3/18/2014

Gold from Seawater!

In 1898, the Reverend Prescott F. Jernegan founded the Electrolytic Marine Salts Company to extract gold from seawater. When the gold ran out, so did Rev. Jernegan, taking the company’s capital.

7/16/2013

The Pawn-Ticket Game.

Pawn tickets make bad collateral.

3/5/2013

Napoleon's Oraculum.

6/19/2012

The Gloucester Sea Serpent

A snake with his head and body about eight feet out of the water, his head is in perfect shape as large as the head of a horse.

1/24/2012

Perpetual Motion!

The devious dream of machines that power themselves.

9/5/2011

The Swindling Beggar

7/11/2011

Chapter 2
A Prize FightBetween Clow of Colorado,and Hynds of Wyoming.The Butte Weekly MinerAugust 12, 1885(Click image to enlarge)  OAPY SMITH AS TIME-KEEPER IN RAWLINS, WYOMING.     There are numerous boxing matches in which badman "Soapy" Smith officiated. This is one example I found for a fight taking place at the Opera House in Rawlins, Wyoming, a few days previous to the publishing of the article
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 3/2/2021


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Lizzie Borden : Warps & Wefts - 1/10/2021
On December 10, 1978, the “Atlanta Constitution” carried a story by reporter Charles Salter where he detailed the very strange goings on in an antebellum mansion.  At the request of the current owners of the home, he did not give the family’s real name, and the location was described only as “a little north Georgia town.”  However, he believed that the source for his story--the lady of the house,
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Strange Company - 3/1/2021

Youth With Executioner by Nuremberg native Albrecht Dürer … although it’s dated to 1493, which was during a period of several years when Dürer worked abroad. November 13 [1617]. Burnt alive here a miller of Manberna, who however was lately engaged as a carrier of wine, because he and his brother, with the help of […]
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ExecutedToday.com - 11/13/2020
 On a road outside of Norristown, Pennsylvania, on October 28, 1896, Frank Mancil and his daughter came upon an agitated man shouting, “Murder! Help!” The man was bleeding from his arm, and, in a buggy nearby, a woman lay prostrate.The man, Charles O. Kaiser, Jr., told Mancil that he and his wife Emma had been attacked by highwaymen who shot them both then left with their watches and her purse
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Murder by Gaslight - 2/27/2021
Most of New York City’s vintage postcards feature beautiful sites of the city itself—not Gotham’s beautiful women. But this turn-of-the-century postcard is a strange exception to the rule. “Pretty girls, pretty girls everywhere, but the New York belles are claimed most fair” reads the caption, with the images of six women, none of whom I […]
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Ephemeral New York - 3/1/2021
[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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