Margaret Rowan, the Deadly Prophetess of Los Angeles

It’s the last day of Mugshot March! This calls for something spectacular, so this evening, I bring you the tale of Mrs. Margaret Rowan, founder of a cult, attempted murderer, and eventual prisoner at San Quentin penitentiary. Wade and Rowan formerly belonged to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, but Mrs. Rowan soon created a problem.…

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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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Most Unjust: Catherine Coarum’s Trial (part 2 of 2)

This is the conclusion of Catherine’s story. Click here if you haven’t yet read Part 1. December 1901. Catherine’s trial began in early December, and the proceedings lasted four days. Her attorney, Robert Ash, had done his best to defend her, but he was not sanguine about the outcome. The story was salacious enough to attract attention,…

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