No. 490
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
September 29, 2020

A Pair of Turtle Doves.

J. C. McLean, of Anderson, Ind., discovers that his wife is of a too-loving nature.
May 23, 2016
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Chapter 2
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American justice is largely fair and impartial, but it is not perfect; sometimes mistakes are made. It is always disturbing when an innocent person is unjustly punished, but it is far more common for a guilty party to be set free. When the crime in question is murder, this result can be equally disturbing. In the nineteenth century (as now) accused murderers were tried in the court of public
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From Voice Of America news, dateline Saturday, September 28, 2014: A Somali woman has been publicly stoned to death for being married to several men at the same time. The 33-year-old woman was put to death Friday in the southern coastal town of Barawe, which is controlled by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. The woman […]
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[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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Ought to be Ashamed of Herself. | Demi-Monde Excursion.

A Pair of Turtle Doves.

Turtle Doves

J. C. McLean, of Anderson, Ind., discovers that his wife is of a too-loving nature. [more]

A social sensation was recently caused in Anderson, Ind., when Grocer J. C. McLean handed his wife a check for $700, escorted her to the train for Paris, Ill., her former home, and then went back home and filed suit for divorce. McLean had discovered his wife in a loving attitude with James Benson, who lodged at McLean’s. She was sitting on Benson’s lap. McLean said not a word, but at once consulted a lawyer. Mrs. McLean was a leader in society and church affairs, and is a handsome woman. Her husband is broken-hearted over the affair. Benson, the cause of the separation, is a clerk in a shoe store.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, September 10, 1892.