No. 350
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
December 15, 2017

Badger Game

New York, New York, The badger game—possibly the most lucrative and insidious con game of the 19th Century—ensnared hundreds of men a month in New York City alone.  The premise is very simple; a man is approached by an attractive young prostitute, usually when the man is intoxicated, and he agrees to follow her to her room. Then, just as they are about to consummate the bargain, the door bursts open and the woman’s angry “husband” storms into the room, threatening violence, legal  action, and public exposure. Eventually the husband agrees to back off if he is paid a large sum of money. The mark pays and quickly leaves. Of course the incident is never reported.More...

A Romantic Story.

(From New York Tribune, September 20, 1871) A Romantic Story. A man accused of murder proved innocent after death. Some workmen, digging holes for the posts of a fence, in Unionville, Westc...
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JAMES CAMPBELL
alias: SHANG CAMPBELL, TRAINOR
PICKPOCKET, BURGLAR
December 15, 2017
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Lots of Lizzie in the News

Nothing new to report on the sale of Maplecroft.  The price was recently lowered but no takers so far. It’s …

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What did the FA phone exchange stand for?

While enjoying the views along Edgecombe Avenue in Upper Manhattan, I spotted this rusted sign containing an old two-letter phone exchange, once ubiquitous in New York until they were phased out in th...
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1868: The Reno brothers and Charles Anderson lynched in New Albany

On this date in 1868, 60-plus masked and armed vigilantes took control of the New Albany, Indiana jail and executed four members (three of them kin) of a notorious train-robbing gang. From the Daily I...
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The criminal history of Harry Gilmore, alias Jim Jordan.

Harry Gilmore Alias Jim Jordanage 48-54 Rocky Mountain News April 19, 1894 (Click image to enlarge) ho the hell was Harry Gilmore?      We are all mere "students" of history. When I pub...
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"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."

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No. 350
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
December 15, 2017
A bold and eccentric individual, who is alarming the girls and puzzling the authorities of Exeter, Mass. [More]

A Romantic Story.

(From New York Tribune, September 20, 1871) A Romantic Story. A man accused of murder proved innocent after death. Some workmen, digging holes for the posts of a fence, in Unionville, Westc...
More...Murder By Gaslight

JAMES CAMPBELL
alias: SHANG CAMPBELL, TRAINOR
PICKPOCKET, BURGLAR
December 15, 2017
More...
Coming Soon...
Foretell Your Future!

Lots of Lizzie in the News

Nothing new to report on the sale of Maplecroft.  The price was recently lowered but no takers so far. It’s …

...
More...Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts

What did the FA phone exchange stand for?

While enjoying the views along Edgecombe Avenue in Upper Manhattan, I spotted this rusted sign containing an old two-letter phone exchange, once ubiquitous in New York until they were phased out in th...
More...Ephemeral New York

1868: The Reno brothers and Charles Anderson lynched in New Albany

On this date in 1868, 60-plus masked and armed vigilantes took control of the New Albany, Indiana jail and executed four members (three of them kin) of a notorious train-robbing gang. From the Daily I...
More...Executed Today

The criminal history of Harry Gilmore, alias Jim Jordan.

Harry Gilmore Alias Jim Jordanage 48-54 Rocky Mountain News April 19, 1894 (Click image to enlarge) ho the hell was Harry Gilmore?      We are all mere "students" of history. When I pub...
More...Soapy Smith's Soap Box

A bold and eccentric individual, who is alarming the girls and puzzling the authorities of Exeter, Mass. [More]
"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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