Cracksmen, Counterfeiters, and Fancy Women: A Glimpse of the Late Victorian Underworld

By James Prichard The criminal underworld of late Victorian Louisville was populated by a colorful mixture of safe crackers, house breakers, counterfeiters, and ruthless killers. The old “Red Light District” centered on Lafayette Street, which disappeared during the construction of Interstate 65. Known locally as “The Chute,” the area featured the establishments of notorious madams, including one with the alluring […]

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The Case of the Avaricious Businesswoman

It was a mundane Monday morning in the archives. I had just started a new project and was sorting the records of a nursing home for the elderly in Louisville. I was surrounded (quite literally) by stacks of meeting minutes, reports, and financial records. If it sounds a bit snooze-worthy, it wouldn’t be far from the truth. But then I […]

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