“I was here at the last execution, as free as any one of you, and little thought of this my unhappy fate. God grant you all more grace than I have had.” -Last words of burglar John Ives, hanged with six other felons at Tyburn on June 6, 1764.
The most interesting manhole covers are the ones that tell us who made it and when it was put in place: the name of an ironworks company, the initials of a city department, a date. This cover, on Central Park West south of 86th Street, doesn’t offer much in the way of clues. The two […]
"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn
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Photo: Nancy Hendrickson, via State Historical Society of North Dakota
An eerily prescient science-fiction story from a century ago.
How Nathaniel Bentley became Dirty Dick. And just keep your X-rated punchlines to yourself.
"Be careful for what you wish for," Byzantine style.
Emil Lowenstein was a barber in Brooklyn, NY who had persuaded his neighbor, John Weston, a one-armed Civil War veteran, to withdraw his life savings and travel upstate with him. The body of John Weston was found in a ravine in Watervliet, NY, soon after Lowenstein returned to Brooklyn, flush with cash.
Lowenstein denied being in Watervliet with Weston and professed innocence to the end.
"The soap fakir"
Saint Paul Daily Globe
June 3, 1892
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oapy" Smith, the soap fakir, is in the city"
Just short of two months after leaving Creede, Colorado, Soapy Smith ended up in Saint Paul Minnesota. The Saint Paul Daily Globe of Saint Paul, Minnesota announces that bunco artist Soapy Smith is in the city.
"Soapy" Smith, the soap fakir, is in the city,
[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 […]