We Never Sleep: the Wild West files

In 1850, a Scotsman named Allan Pinkerton founded one of the most successful and well-known detective agencies in history in Cook County, Illinois- an organization so successful, it’s still operating 169 years later. The Pinkerton National Detective Agency initially specialized in train robberies, but they quickly expanded into anti-labor union activities, including breaking up the…

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The Love and Insanity of Dr. Laffin

Charles James Laffin, was born in Australia in 1867. While still a youth, he traveled to far-away New York City, where he thrived in the New World. The precocious Laffin earned his degree in medicine from Bellevue Hospital Medical College when he was 21. He often traveled between Canada and the US. It was on one of…

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From the End: Eva Rablen, Mail-Order Bride

I’m experimenting with a new style I’m calling From the End. I’ll tell you the end of the story first, and then give you the background. If it goes well, I’ll write more posts like this.   There is a prison at the base of the mountains near Tehachapi that was constructed in 1932 to…

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