“it takes brains to be a real lady” said the 19th c queen of crime

The death of Fredericka Mandelbaum—better known as “Old Mother,” “Marm” and the “Queen of Fences”—made international headlines in February 1894. But was it Marm’s body in the coffin en route to New York City from Canada, or a heap of stones?

Read the full blog post from the Smithsonian Magazine. Delightfully roguish.

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2 responses

  1. I don’t think our geocentrist friends would approve. Recent findings regarding linear polarization angles of photons from distant quasars clearly indicate that crime does not pay.

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