Once Upon a Crime: Curses! Filed Again!

Here are a few law-and-order tidbits that Fort Worth residents were reading in the Daily Gazette in the late nineteenth century.

Goldarnit to heck.

A cliche is born.

Farther afield, Jack the Ripper, of course, was not responsible for every violent death of a woman in London that was reported in 1888-1891. For example, many experts now think the deaths of the two women in the top and middle clippings—Rose Mylett and Alice McKenzie—do not match the MO of Jack the Ripper: Mylett’s death probably was accidental, and McKenzie probably was murdered by a copycat Ripper killer.

By the same token, not every confessed Ripper was bona fide, as the bottom clipping shows.

The “boo” in “calaboose.”

The “brew” in “brouhaha.”

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2 Responses to Once Upon a Crime: Curses! Filed Again!

  1. Mellinda Timblin says:

    I once rented a house on Byers St. from a gentleman in his 90’s. He took me around back to show me an odd piece of ancient paving in the middle of the yard. He told me he didn’t care what damage I did to the house but this piece of “road” was sacred ground. He explained that it was the last bit of the original Camp Bowie that ran through Camp Worth.

    • hometown says:

      I wonder if he meant the Army’s Camp Bowie, through which Camp Bowie Boulevard ran.

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