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When Jack the Ripper Came to New York

Water Street at Catherine Slip The evening April 23, 1891, The East River Hotel on Water Street was doing a brisk business. Carrie Brown was one of the prostitutes who brought a john there that night. She was well known

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The Horror of Hospital Island

In 1832, a small, 3-acre island in Passamaquoddy Bay began being used to quarantine arriving passengers who were thought to be bringing cholera or typhus  into the United States. There was no drinkable water on the island, so it was

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The President’s Secret Cancer

While presidential lies today seem shocking, it’s actually rather tame in comparison to 1893. In June of President Grover Cleveland second term, the country was in a financial depression. An avid cigar-smoker, Cleveland noticed a quarter-sized bump on the roof

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No Cure for Greed

Based on his training and background, Dr. Albert Abrams was a really good turn-of-the-century doctor. As a young man, he studied at the Medical College of the Pacific, then in Germany at the University of Heidelberg in 1882, and was

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Blackbeard’s Headless Ghost

In May 1718, Blackbeard’s large fleet of pirate ships boldly blocked the port of Charleston, South Carolina. He robbed approaching ships and captured rich Charleston citizens, who he held for ransom. Afterwards, Blackbeard retreated to his base on Ocracoke Island,

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