Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rogue’s Gallery: Kansas City’s Treatment of Domestic Violence - 1917

FULL TEXT: Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 24. – With the novelty worn off the plan of shackling wifebeaters and making them sweep the streets of this city, Judge Joseph Brady has hit on a new plan to humiliate the practices of the ancient cave man.

Hereafter the pictures of all wifebeaters, with their names and records in bold, black type, will be placed in a public rogue’s gallery in the lobby of the City Hall, exposed to the gaze of all.

“It seems to me my plan of publicly exhibiting wifebeaters on the streets has lost its “effect,” said Judge Brady, when a wife showed a swollen and discolored eye and testified it was a habit of her husband to beat her.

The husband admitted he occasionally beat his wife.

“You are fined $500,” said the Court. “And you are going to be the first exhibit in a public rogues’ gallery in the lobby of the City Hall. It will let the people know what kind of a man you are when they see you on the street.

[“Wife Beaters’ Pictures In City Hall.” The Syracuse Herald (N.Y.), Jan 24, 1917, p. 21]


• You have been told that before the rise of feminism in the 1960s that domestic violence against women was tolerated by society as acceptable behavior and was not taken seriously by police and the courts.

You have been lied to. The people who told you these lies were paid to tell them you. In most cases you paid your own money (taxes and tuition fees) to be lied to.

Here is one of countless pieces of evidence that demonstrate the truth.

• To see more eloquent, vivid evidence proving the lie and giving you the truth, see:

19th Century Intolerance Towards Domestic Violence

Treatment of Domestic Violence Against Women Before 1960this post collects cases classified by the form of punishment or sentencing (whether judicial or through community action)

No, the claim that laws created by males were for the benefit of males is false. Yes, the "Rule of Thumb" myth has been proven to be a marxist-feminist hoax, taking an ancient English common historical notation published in the 18th century and extrapolating it into unsupported claims that 18th and 20th century United States communities, courts and legislatures (laws on the books) were in agreement with the18th century historical notation (Blackstone).


“[O]nly since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence as a serious crime, not as a private family matter.”

From the entry: “Domestic Violence” on

This claim has been proven to be false.


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