No. 338
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
September 22, 2017

McGinty

The popularity of the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified giant man found buried in New York, was so great that spectators continued to pay to view him even after he proved to be a hoax. This prompted showmen throughout America to exhibit their own petrified men. Among the greatest was McGinty, exhibited by the notorious western conman, Soapy Smith, in Creede, Colorado, in 1892. Incredibly, 119 years later, McGinty is still on display at Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe in Seattle, Washington, where he is known as Sylvester. Read McGinty’s story at Soapy Smith’s Soap Box.

Avenged Her Father’s Murder.

Around 1:00 a.m., the morning of September 7, 1892, Richard Wright was awakened by a man calling his name, outside his farmhouse in Payne, Indiana. He recognized the voice as that of his son-in-law, ...
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WILLIAM CONNELLY
alias: OLD BILL, WATSON
HOTEL THIEF
September 15, 2017
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Another photo of the Soapy Smith gang?

A few of the Soapy Smith Gang Waiting for a boat to arrive authors collection (Click image to enlarge) ET ANOTHER MISIDENTIFIED PHOTOGRAPH  of the Soap Gang. The clothing suggests 1910-...
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2008: Kedisaletse Tsobane

(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this day in 2008, 49-year-old Kedisaletse Tsobane was executed in the southern African nation of Botswana for the murder of ...
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The Ninth Avenue El curving by Morningside Park

These are the tracks of the Ninth Avenue Elevated making an S curve beside Morningside Park—which is what this 1908 postcards says. To my eyes, it’s difficult to recognize the park of 2017, whic...
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McGinty

The popularity of the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified giant man found buried in New York, was so great that spectators continued to pay to view him even after he proved to be a hoax. This prompted showmen throughout America to exhibit their own petrified men. Among the greatest was McGinty, exhibited by the notorious western conman, Soapy Smith, in Creede, Colorado, in 1892. Incredibly, 119 years later, McGinty is still on display at Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe in Seattle, Washington, where he is known as Sylvester. Read McGinty’s story at Soapy Smith’s Soap Box.

"We follow vice and folly where a police officer dare not show his head, as the small, but intrepid weasel pursues vermin in paths which the licensed cat or dog cannot enter."

 The Sunday Flash 1841

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