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Oct. 9. 1907: Trellis, The Confidence Woman

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 9, 1907 Los Angeles She was known as Trellis C. Harris or Trellis Blessing—or Edna Hall. But her method was always the same. She would commit some theft, then fake an … Continue reading

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‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ Is a Fake, Prosecutors Say

  Image: Save a Torah website. Credit: Saveatorah.org Perhaps you remember James Barron’s April 30, 2008, feature in the New York Times about Rabbi Menachem Youlus of Save a Torah, who traveled the world, often at great expense and tremendous … Continue reading

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May 15, 1908

Above, the Wright Bros. suffer a setback due to pilot error. Don’t despair, because in less than two years,  Aviation Week will bring aeroplanes to Rancho Dominguez … Below, crime briefs from "life’s seamy side": James Mulhall, partner in Venice’s … Continue reading

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Feb. 13, 1908

  The grand jury investigates gambling in Los Angeles … A determined federal agent captures his quarry after a long chase … The amusing tale of a plug hat … A USC medical student files a lawsuit charging that he … Continue reading

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Found on EBay

  This is even better than the Pacific Electric detective badge: An envelope addressed to my old friend Victor Segno! Segno was an early 20th century mentalist who conned people into sending him $1 a month in exchange for a … Continue reading

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Victor Segno–man of mystery

Aha! EBay has  another envelope addressed to A. Victor Segno of the Segno Success Club, 701 N. Belmont. Segno, author of such books as “The Law of Mentalism,” “How to Be Happy Though Married” and “How to Have Beautiful Hair,” … Continue reading

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