Month: December 2015

Hermit Hoarders of Harlem

In 1909, Homer and Langley Collyer moved with their parents into a brownstone on 128th Street and 5th Avenue in Harlem, then an affluent outpost of New York City. Their father, a prominent gynecologist, left their mother Susan, a former

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America’s First Big Swindler

While Charles Ponzi made financial schemes famous, he wasn’t the first to scam people out of their money. Years before an unassuming bookkeeper named William Miller started an investment house called the Franklin Syndicate, where he promised investors a 10%

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Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Frances Glessner Lee, a socialite and International Harvester heiress born in 1878, was a pioneer of forensic science. She said, “I didn’t do a lick of work to deserve what I have. Therefore, I feel I have been left an

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