Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grace Jackson, Acid Queen, Throws Acid in Law Student’s face - 1921

FULL TEXT: Alexander Hirsh, eighteen years old, a law student, employed as a clerk by the firm of Weis & Ottenberg, 205 Broadway, went to the apartment of Mrs. Grace Jackson, an actress, 25 West Seventy-fourth Street, last night to serve a subpoena in a civil suit.

He was met at the door of the apartment by a fourteen-year-old girl. After gaining entrance, Hirsh said he took a chair in the parlor and prepared to wait for Mrs. Jackson. Suddenly the bathroom door at the end of the hall was opened and he saw the actress peering out at him. He went to the end of the hall and placed his foot in the crack of the door. Then the actress opened the door, he says, and emptied a bottle of carbolic acid in his face.

Hirsh dashed from the apartment and hailed a passing taxi. He was driven to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for severe burns of the face and eyes by Dr. Levine. Physicians of the hospital communicated with Irving S. Ottinger, the young man’s employer. Mr. Ottinger reported the case to police and Mi. Jackson was arrested.

[“Student Says Actress Hurled Acid in His Face - Tells Hospital Doctors of Attack in Her Apartment and She Is Arrested,” New York Tribune (N.Y.), Feb. 8, 1921, p. 1]


SEE: “Acid Queens: Women Who Throw Acid” for a collection of synopses of similar cases.


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