EVIL GOES ON TRIAL – 1888
The story of Madame Editha Diss DeBar, a fake psychic and professional con artist, who fooled Luther Marsh, a nice old man (a retired judge!) into believing she had amazing and miraculous powers to communicate with the dead, including his late wife. In 1888, she nearly fleeced him of his entire life savings, until she and her cronies were arrested for conspiracy to commit fraud, and were put on trial.
New York Sun, March 29, 1888.
New York Tribune, April 2 & May 1, 1888.
The New York Times, March 29, 1888.
New York Times, June 17, 1888.
Editha Diss DeBar – background:
Empress of Swindle: The Life of Ann Odelia Diss Debar, by John Benedict Buescher
Howe & Hummel law firm - background:
Murphy, Cait, Scoundrels in Law. The Trials of Howe & Hummel (2010).
Rovere, Richard, Howe and Hummel: Their True and Scandalous History (1947, second ed., 1985) [original title: The Magnificent Shysters].
William Howe: Frank Docherty from the English Martial Arts podcast.
Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com –
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The Curtain Rises
I Knew A Guy
Simple Music to Frighten Small Children By
Dementia a.k.a. Daughter of Horror - 1955 (film intro, public domain).
Source: Chesterton, G.K., The Resurrection of Father Brown (stort story, 1926), available in the collection, The Incredulity of Father Brown
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