Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sarah Silverman is a Big Fat Liar

Sarah Silverman is a purveyor of Social Justice Marxism propagandistic lies. This Neo-Marxist authoritarian hate cult is steeped in superstitions derived from authoritarian philosophers.

Her claim that “all serial killers are white guys” is not her own invention. It is a claim that originated in the indoctrination programs that were once, before they were taken over by authoritarian social engineers, institutions of higher education.


To disabuse yourself of this "gender studies"  indoctrination, see these 101-level educational posts and start becoming familiar with some politically incorrect facts about serial killers:







Friday, December 30, 2016

Claudia Ochoa Felix, La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax – Murder Squad Maven – Mexico, 2014

Claudia Ochoa Felix is known as the Mexican Kim Kardashian, and also as the Empress of Anthroax (a cartel death squad, “La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax”).


EXCERPT: Claudia has reportedly become the new head of the world’s most ruthless hit squad Los Ántrax, responsible for hundreds of bloody murders as the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel’s elite contract killer squad. The Mexican gang is known to US intelligence as “the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organisation”, its hitmen feared as the planet’s deadliest. In recent years they were linked to three frozen bodies hung from a bridge, eight people shot playing volleyball and a gun battle with rivals which left 30 dead.

[O]n social media sites . . . she regularly posted pictures of herself in stilettos, caressing her custom-made pink AK-47 automatic rifle, reclining among masked men and propping a deadly M16 assault rifle on her curvaceous hip.

[Christopher Bucktin, “The world's deadliest woman? Meet the 'Kim Kardashian' of Mexican organised crime,” Mirror, Jun. 14, 2014 & 6 Nov. 6, 2014]


Wikipedia: Los Ántrax is an enforcer gang of the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel. The group was led by the drug lords Jesús Peña (El 20) and Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa (El Chino Ántrax), and they are responsible for a number of homicides and for providing armed security services to Ismael El Mayo Zambada. The gang operates in the capital city of Culiacán, Sinaloa, where its members conduct homicides and violent attacks.





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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Maria Gomes de Oliveira, Brazilian Serial Killer Bandit - 1938

Portuguese Wikipedia (“Maria Bonita”): Maria Gomes de Oliveira, known as Maria Bonita ( Glória, Bahia, Brazil, 8 of March of 1911 - Poço Redondo, Sergipe, 28 of July of 1938 ) was the first woman to participate in a cangaceiros group and was the companion of the most notorious cangaceiros leader, Lampião.

Daughter of María Joaquina and José Gomes, at the age of fifteen she married José Miguel da Silva, known as Zé Neném, a shoemaker. In 1929, a matrimonial dispute, he met “Lampião” who was the most famous outlaw in northeast Brazil, part of a movement known as cangaceiros, whgich on the one hand could be seen as mere bandits lawless, on the other as a rebel movements rebel seeking a change in their society.

The following year, Maria Gomes de Oliveira joined Lampião and lived with cangaceiro for 8 years, until the day of his death in Angico, Porto da Folha (28 of July of 1938), when the band was caught in a camp and Maria Bonita was beheaded. During those eight years, Maria Bonita’s won the nickname of Reina del Cangaço ("Queen of the Cangaços"). Maria had four children of whom only survived: Expedita, born September 8, 1932.

María Bonita is part of Latin American folklore, and it is common to find shops and public places baptized in honor of the Queen of Cangaço.


English Wikipedia (EXCERPT) (“Lampião): “Captain” Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, better known as Lampião (more archaic spelling ‘Lampeão’ ( meaning “lantern” or “oil lamp”), was the most famous bandit leader of the Cangaço. Cangaço was a form of banditry endemic to the Brazilian Northeast in the 1920s and 1930s. Lampião’s exploits turned him into a ‘folk hero’, the Brazilian equivalent of Jesse James. … His enmity, once aroused, was implacable and he killed many people merely because they had an association with someone who had displeased him. He is recorded as having said “If you have to kill, kill quickly. But for me killing a thousand is just like killing one”. For the cangaceiros murder was not only casual, they took pride in their efficiency in killing. They were excellent shots and were skilled in the use of long, narrow knives (nicknamed peixeiras - “fish-filleters”) which could be used to dispatch a man quickly.

Lampião’s band attacked small towns and farms in seven states, took hostages for ransom, extorted money by threats of violence, tortured, fire-branded, and maimed; it has been claimed that they killed over 1,000 people and 5,000 head of cattle and raped over 200 women. The band fought the police over 200 times and Lampião was wounded six times.

English Wikipedia excerpt (“Lampião”): On July 28, 1938, Lampião and his band were betrayed by one of his supporters, Joca Bernardes, and were ambushed in one of his hideouts, the Angicos farm, in the state of Sergipe. A police troop, led by João Bezerra and armed with machine guns, attacked the encamped bandits at daybreak. In a brief battle, Lampião, Maria Bonita and nine of his troops were killed, some forty other members of the bandit group managed to escape. The heads of the those killed were cut off and sent to Salvador, the capital of Bahia, for examination by specialists at the State Forensic Institute. Later they were put on public exhibition in the city of Piranhas. Only after 1971 were the families of Lampião and Maria Bonita able to reclaim the preserved heads, from the museum where they had been on display, in order finally to bury them.

[Excerpt from 2015 article]:  … Lampião and Maria Bonita [were] leaders of the cangaceiros, Brazilian outlaw men and women who inhabited the semi-arid northeastern inland area known as sertão, Lampião’s group at some point reached over one hundred men and dominated the region for almost twenty years, starting in the early 1920s and only ending with the leader’s assassination in 1938. By the time photographer and filmmaker Benjamin Abrahão took the picture in 1936, they were the Brazilian Government’s most-wanted criminals.
His and Maria Bonita’s love story made them one of the most well-known — probably the most well-known — Brazilian folk heroes. Cangaceiros are ubiquitous in popular art, the subject of clay figurines, posters, and other knick-knacks. They have also inspired pop culture abroad: Lampião appears in one of Corto Maltese’s stories, the Italian graphic novel character created by Italian Hugo Pratt in the 1970s. The group was the theme of films such as Lima Barreto’s O cangaceiro (The Bandit), from 1953, Glauber Rocha’s celebrated Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (Black God, White Devil, 1964), and Carlos Coimbra’s Lampião, o rei do cangaço, also from 1964, among many others. In 1982, their story was the theme of Globo TV series Lampião e Maria Bonita. The group apparently caused an  impression on Swiss-French poet Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), who had a series of drawings of the group made by Brazilian artist Oswaldo Goeldi (1895-1961). In the 1950s series of paintings by Candido Portinari (1903-1962), one of Brazil’s most accomplished artists. Portinari’s paintings, however, depict the cangaceiros in drag, dull colors. Mello (2010, 48) criticized the artist because he followed images of Marxist revolutionary fighters created by Mexican muralists more than the real bandits. …
A golden ring with the name “Santinha,” Lampião’s affective nickname for Maria Bonita, was affixed to his hat.

[Mariana von Hartenthal, “The Cangaceiros: Bandits Covered in Stars and Flowers,” Invitation au Voyage, La Habana Elegante, 2015]










For similar cases, see: Female Serial Killer Bandits


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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Parental Alienation and the Law in 1972

This article was very widely syndicated across the US.


FULL TEXT: “Your father is a mean, nasty man. Stay away from him or he will whip you with a great big strap.”

Laura, recently divorced, kept drumming this warning into her five-year-old son. She had been given custody of the child at the time of the divorce, and she meant to tighten her grip on him by any and all means.

Actually, her ex-husband was devoted to the boy. When he found out about Laura’s tactics, he haled [sic] her into court. The judge took the matter so seriously that he changed the custody order, transferring the boy from his mother to his father.

As a general rule, the law condemns efforts by one divorced parent to poison the mind of the child against the other. It condemns implanting in his tender mind the seeds of hate and the cankerous beginnings of malice toward those whom he should cherish.”

Likewise, the law frowns on the use of the child as a pawn in financial bargaining. For example:

A divorcee constantly belittled her ex-husband to their small daughter. But she also let him know that she would stop as soon as he agreed to a large cash settlement.

Again, a court denounced her tactics and switched custody from mother to father. The  court said she had no right to use the child as a kind of blackmail weapon for her own benefit.

Of course, in these highly emotional situations, it may be difficult for a court to separate fact from fiction. As a result, judges sometimes fall back on solutions that are admittedly less than perfect.

In another case, at the time of the divorce, custody of a child had been divided between husband and wife. Later, in a court hearing, each accused the other of “poisoning the child’s mind against me.”

After due deliberation, the court decided to leave custody just as it was – divided. Even though this meant exposing the child to parental crossfire, the court said at least it save each parent “equal time” to defend his character.

[Will Barnard (American Bar Association), syndicated, “Poisoning child’s mind not legal,” “The Family Lawyer” (column), Enquirer and News (Battle Creek, Mi.), Mar. 5, 1972, p. B-7]



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Parental Alienation & The Shakers – The Jacob Rude case, 1817

NOTE: The following text describes one of the means by which the Shakers cult, founded in New York state in the late 1700s,  indoctrinated children – usually with the assent of at least one parent – into accepting that parent-child relations are wicked and that children must hate their parents, and instead accept the cult leaders as “parents.” The Shakers mind control techniques and panopticon surveillance methods were an inspiration to Fredrick Engels, co-author of the Communist Manifesto.



JACOB RUDE, aged 19 years, being duly sworn, saith, that in the year 1815, he went with his mother to the society of Shakers; that he with 7 other young persons attended an evening school in the winter of 1815 and 1816, that one evening after they had gone through the exercises of the school, John Woods, who taught the school, rose up & taught them, saying that they must hate their parents: and if their parent spoke to them, they must not answer them; or if they did, they must answer them in a scornful sneering manner, frown and look surly at them, &c. And then put the question to them in general, whether this was not their faith; they all answered Yea, except this deponent, who was silent – which Woods perceived, and immediately put the question to each one separately, beginning at this deponent, who stood first in the class, & who though conscious of the error, through fear, answered in the affirmative. – And, that Woods repeatedly endeavored to instill such principles into their minds.

[Rude, Jacob, Affidavit of Aug. 23, 1817, from: Eunice Chapman, “An Account of the Conduct of the Shakers …,” 1818, p. 94 ( This is the first of two books published by Eunice Chapman recounting the Parental Kidnapping of her children by her husband who had joined the Shakers.)]


Following is the text of the song Shakers used in the 1820s and possibly earlier to indoctrinate children in the hatred of family relations.

“A Shaker song”

Except a man hate his own life,
And all his sins forsake;
Hate father, mother, children wife,
Of Christ he can’t partake;
Oh the way, the narrow way, &c.


Note: in Shaker parlance, “Christ,” refers not to Jesus, but to “Mother Ann Lee”

[Mary Marshall (Mary M. Dyer), A Portraiture Of  Shakerism, June 1823, (Stated publication date: “1822”), P. 388]


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Friday, December 23, 2016

Parental Alienation in Child Custody Disputes: Historical Cases

• A) PAS Research article

• B) PAS in General

The Shakers and Systematic Parental Alienation
Dorothy Dix on Parental Alienation - 1919

• D) Alienation method used in proxy murder


Thursday, December 22, 2016

5-Year-Old Robert Ware: Parental Alienation on Public Display - 1941

FULL TEXT (article 1 of 3): The tears of his stepmother and his two stepsisters failed yesterday to prevent 5 year old Robert Ware from being sent home to Georgia with his mother. Judge Oscar F. Nelson gave custody of the child to Mrs. Eula Ware, 23, of Dalton, Ga., on habeas corpus proceedings she had brought against her former husband, George, 24, of 3411 North Kenton avenue.

Ware divorced the boy’s mother last Oct. 7 in Georgia and was granted custody of Robert, with the provision that the child should remain in the care of his maternal grandmother in Dalton. On July 10, however, Ware obtained court permission there to bring Robert to Chicago for three months. The mother followed them there.

Ware’s present wife, Florence, 29, and her children by a previous marriage, Phyllis, 10, and Joan, 9, protested Judge Nelson’s order. The judge blamed Ware for refusing to let his former wife see the boy after she arrived here, and stated that Ware’s present wife was apparently so attached to the boy that she would never permit his return to Georgia unless it was ordered.

[“Win’s Custody,” Chicago Daily Tribune (Ca.), Aug. 13, 1941, p. 3]


PHOTO CAPTION (Article 2 of 3): Hides From Mother – Attempting to hide from his mother as she pleaded for his custody. Robert Ware, 5, is shown taking refuge under a table in the chambers of Chicago Superior Judge Oscar F. Nelson. The judge awarded custody of the boy to the mother, Mrs. Eula Ware of Dalton, Ga., and accused the divorced husband. George Ware, of poisoning the child's mind against his mother.

[“Hides From Mother,” syndicated (AP), The Morning Herald (Uniontown, Pa.), Aug. 19, 1941, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 3): A mother and a foster mother fought in Judge Rudolph Desort’s Superior court yesterday for the custody of a 5 year old boy. They pulled him away from each other and out-shouted the court. The foster mother finally clutched the boy in her arms and ran swiftly out of the building.

The mother of the boy is Mrs. Eula Ware Dockery of Chattanooga, Tenn. The foster mother is Mrs. Florence Ware, now married to Mrs. Dockery’s former husband. George Ware and his wife, Florence, to give the boy to his mother until Sept. 2.

~ Reaches for Boy. ~

“She shan’t have him!” the foster mother shouted. “I won’t give him up!”

She reached for the boy. Both women at once seized the child who started crying. Each woman tugged at him. Both women shouted, ignoring Judge Desort’s orders that they cease battling and follow the court’s rulings.

While the hubbub was at its height, the foster mother grabbed the boy, ran out into the corridor, crossed to the city gall, and got into an elevator before any one could stop her.

~ Deputies Search for Her. ~

Judge Desort then ordered the attorneys, Joseph H. and Norman Becker, to prepare a contempt order for Florence, issued an attachment for her and sent deputies out to seek her and the boy.

The custody battle has been going on between the Georgia courts and those in Chicago for almost two years. Recently the Georgia court amended an order to give Mrs. Dockery custody of the boy during the summer and his present wife custody during the rest of the year.

[“Foster Mother Flees With Boy In Custody Fight,” Chicago Daily Tribune  (Il), Jul. 14, 1942, p. 8]






Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Long History of PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome)

The Long History of PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome)
By Richard K. Stephens (Robert Franklin, Esq., editor)
Originally published Jun. 10, 2009, by (defunct)


Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) gained its well-known name in 1985. But few people know its history before then. Vocal opponents of the diagnostic term (and its formal description) frequently claim that PAS is nonexistent and that it was “invented” in 1985 by Dr. Richard Gardner. Are the naysayers correct? The historical record reveals that they are not. Abundant evidence exists to demonstrate that the particular form of nastiness which we now call parental alienation has been around – and widely recognized – for a very long time. It just had different names before 1985.

Pre-1985 parental alienation cases reveal a varied terminology: “(an attempt to) alienate the affections of the child from other parent” (Ball case, 1827); “poisoning the minds of the children against her” (Guillot case, 1877); “secreted the children for the purpose of alienating their affections from her” (Hyland case, 1883); “husband and his family have exercised an undue influence over the boy and has inoculated (him) with hat red toward her, so that he is now not desirous of seeing her” (Carter case, 1904).

There are even pre-1985 pictures, snapped by courthouse news photographers and published for the world to see. The top photo above, from 1952, shows 9-year-old Marlene Matchan seated next to her maternal grandmother, hysterically crying and shouting at her alienated mother, “Get away from me!”

Los Angeles Judge William McKay just minutes before had admonished the grandmother (who had been looking after the girl following the mother’s divorce) with these harsh words: “You have brutally poisoned the child’s mind against your own daughter. If you do not desist from further interference I will see that the proper authorities investigate your activities.” Granny’s efforts to convince the judge that Marlene’s mom was a habitual drunk who had in the past never demonstrated any interest in the child simply backfired.

The shocking photographic evidence made this case a national news story. One Wisconsin paper ran the picture on the front page with the headline: “Child Tortured in Custody Case.”

In the end, Judge McKay was proved right. Once Marlene was removed from the influence of her toxic granny, she quickly adjusted and two weeks later told the court she was glad to be back with mom.

A similar scene is depicted in a 1950 photo at right above. Here Starr Anne Schneider, a tormented 10-year-old whose mother had just won custody from an alienating maternal grandmother, resists her mom’s tender efforts to comfort her.



1) Guillot case, 1877 – “Law Reports.; Material Difficulties. The Troubles Between Mme. And M. Guillot Charges Denials, And Counter-Charges In A Suit Between The Two.” New York Times, Oct. 16, 1877, p. 2.
2) Hyland case, 1883 – “A Fight for the Possession of Two Children.” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N. Y.), Aug. 29, 1883, p. 4.
3) Carter case, 1904 –  “Repulses Mrs. Carter. - Son Clinches Fist Boston Man Tells of Delaying Marriage.” New York Tribune (N. Y.), Dec. 30, 1904, p. 9.
4) Matchan case, 1952 – “Mother Fights for Custody of Daughter,” Los Angeles Times (Ca.), Aug. 26, 1952, part 2, p. 5; “Judge Intervenes to Patch Up Family; Child, Awarded to Mother, Refuses to Leave Grandmother Till Jurist Takes a Hand,” Los Angeles Times (Ca.), Aug. 28, 1952, part 2, p. 1; “Girl Changes Mind on Custody Ruling; 9-Year-Old Advises Judge She’s Glad Now That He Placed Her in Mother’s Home,” Los Angeles Times (Ca.), Sep. 9, 1952, part 2, p. 1.
5) Schneider case, 1950 – “Girls in Custody Fight Ordered Back to Mother,” Los Angeles Times (Ca.), Jul. 16, 1950, part 2, p. 1.




ADDENDUM 2016 (in progress)

For a fuller development of this research, see: Demosthenes Lorandos and J. Michael Bone, “History Of Parental Alienation In The Courtroom,” [Mark L. Goldstein Editor, Handbook of Child Custody, Springer, 2016;  From: Part IV, Specialized Issues; Child Custody Evaluations In Cases Where Parental Alienation Is Alleged; Part One — Parent/Child Alienation and the Courts.]



This case is not mentioned in the above article/




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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Florence Knott, Badger Game Con Artist – Washington D. C., 1910


•~• Incidents of Day in Alleged “Badger Game” •~•

• Benjamin H. Knott, brother of James Knott, implicated in alleged blackmailing plot by letter in his possession.

• Jams Knott declares Armstrong came to Washington on proceeds of similar game worked in Milwaukee with two other men and a girl as accomplice.

• Knott’s story of his and wife’s career in the Capital and circumstances surrounding elaborate scheme sustained by wife.

• Harry Rosenthal describes method by which alleged attest to obtain $5,000 from him by blackmailing scheme was worked.


Sensational disclosures said to have been made to the police describing the methods employed in an elaborate and ingenious scheme by which James G. Knott, Mrs. Knott, and Alfred H. Armstrong are charged with trying to obtain the implication of a fourth person. Benjamin H. Knott, and the swearing out of warrants for all four were this mornings development in the case.

The quartet was brought to police to headquarters this morning and photographed and  measured for the “gallery.” Tomorrow they will be arraigned in Police Court on charges of attempted blackmail.

~ Prisoners Talk. ~

Both James Knott and his wife, was formerly Florence Bennett are said by the police to have made disclosures this morning which throw new light on the perpetration of a highly original variation of the old “badger game.”

The most striking phase of Knott’s story told today Armstrong obtained $3,500 by working a game in Milwaukee similar to that attempted in this city. According to Knott two men and another girl were accomplices at that time.

The utter indifference of Knott, his wife and Armstrong baffled police upon early questionings. The trio apparently their sudden removal from their handsomely furnished apartment at the Cairo to a cell at First precinct station with perfect nonchalance, and to all appearances they were as indifferent to their fate.

~ “Cold-blooded Crowd.” ~

“That is the most cold-blooded crowd I ever saw was the comment of Inspector of Detectives Boardman.

Benjamin Knott protests his innocence of any connection with the plot to blackmail Rosenthal, who is a well-known sporting goods dealer, but the police say a letter found in his possession contained sufficient evidence on which to have a warrant sworn out.

According to Knott’s fragmentary story gained by the police today, James Knott first came to Washington about a year ago to live at 726 Fifth street northwest. Last September he and the Bennett girl, whom two months ago at Rockville joined the Virginia Amusement Company, and toured Virginia until the organization was stranded at South Boston, Va.

When Knott returned to his rooms on Fifth street be found his clothing gone and in place was left the uniforms of two marines supposed to be Flick King and E. M. King, who represented themselves as brothers. They are not supposed to have been related.

~ Worked in Milwaukee. ~

Knott told the police that Armstrong and two marines had worked the same in Milwaukee that they tried on Rosenthal here. They had for their accomplice Knott, another girl, and Armstrong came to Washington with his share of the proceeds

According to Knott’s story it was Armstrong’s glowing description of this scheme which inveigled him and his wife into a similar attempt. Mrs. Armstrong refused to talk except when she corroborated her husband’s version of Armstrong’s approaches.

Mrs. Knott came to Washington as Florence Bennett, according to her husband’s story,  with a former soldier. The pair rented a house near Fort Myer run until her companion’s money ran out and be replentished.

~ Photographs Used. ~

The usual method of an irate husband rushing into the room and demanding money from the “victim” was elaborated in such a manner that the alleged conspirators had a series of photographs with which they confronted Rosenthal when they made their demand for money. These photographs taken through hole in the wall by means of a powerful electric light, will be prima facie evidence, the assert, against the prisoners when they are arraigned in court. There are nine different pictures, the plates for which are locked up in the safe at Police Headquarters.

Benjamin Knott, when arrested that he had to come to Washington only a week ago from South Carolina to take his brother back home. The police say he was the man who rented the apartment a month age and that he had a letter in his pocket from Knott telling him to come to Washington, as he had a big scheme for moving money.


The story as Rosenthal told it to the police had its commencement several weeks ago when Mrs. Knott entered Rosenthal’s store to make several small purchases there and soon made it known to the merchant that she was rapidly falling in love with him

Although Rosenthal does tell the police that the girl – for she is little more than seventeen – made any real advances oh him, he claims that she sent him notes, some of which he still has, and invited him to cast upon her at her apartments in the Cairo apartment house.

The real entanglement began on Sunday fight when Rosenthal visited the Cairo for the first time did not stay very long on this occasion, he says because or an engagement watch he had in the morning and which demanded that he rise early. But the girl requested that he come back soon and he promised to return on the next night which he did.

~ Kept Light On. ~

Mrs. Knott so says had explained to him that she was very much afraid of the nark and thus trade an excuse for the brilliant lights which were suspended from the ceiling of her room in such manner that no portion of the apartment was in shadow when the lights were turned on says that he on this fact but that the woman turned it off lightly and that he did not think anything further of the lights or their significance.

On Tuesday morning Rosenthal mention the occurrence to his partner, Joseph Levy and was warned latter that there was probably something more than appeared on the surface, but Rosenthal, feeling secure at his and went to call on the fair charmer on Tuesday night.

It was late that night that the denouement came and when it did arrive it was with a suddenness that amazed and startled Rosenthal who was utterly unprepared for it According it was just before he was preparing to leave on Tuesday night that door of the closet in the girl’s room was suddenly thrown open and a later found to be James B. Knott of Richmond Va., who claimed to be the girl’s husband rushed out, brandishing a revolver.

~ Demands $5,000. ~

With scarcely a word he grappled with Rosenthal threw him breathless into a chair and bound him there while the girl looked on in amusement. Then with a gun at his head Rosen that was told to write a check for $5,000 which he did but Knott would not accept it saying that he had to have the cash and Rosenthal to next morning.

Then with an additional warning of what would happen to him the money was not there Knott released the sporting goods merchant and the latter left the apartment only to meet Alton A. Armstrong, a friend of Knott’s who told that he had better have the money ready on the morrow for they had photographs showing Rosenthal that and the and he showed these to the merchant and said that they would be used against him. If the money was not forthcoming. It was found later that pictures were taken through a specially prepared hole in the closet door and the function of the lights was to facilitate the taking of the views.

~ Detectives Waiting. ~

When Knott called at Rosenthal’s store at 603 D street yesterday to collect the money from he found Detectives Cornwall and Bauer awaiting him and he was arrested after being caught in the act of trying to the money from the merchant. The made by the alleged blackmailers are in the hands of the police and will be used by them in the trial of Knott and his associates.

The authorities at the Cairo say the Knott pair conducted themselves with the utmost propriety while in the house and that was nothing to indicate that they were not what they pretended to be – a respectable, a newly married couple plenty of money.

According to the story told to the by Knott Armstrong and the girl after they were is thought that the trio has a police record other cities and the police think this is not the first time that have been mixed up in a game of kind.

~ Real Manipulator. ~

While the credit of successfully carrying out the scheme belongs properly to Knott and his young wife. It is the opinion of the police that the brain behind the entire scheme the judgment which directed the operations of game and the genius which man aged the details of the taking of the pictures and other important developments, belong to Armstrong.

So far as can be learned Armstrong is much older than the age which he gave at headquarters yesterday – twenty years. He tells, with a bit of pride, of having a house in Richmond, Va., and of having held up a gambling in Chicago at the point of a gun. And, as one member of the force said this morning, “any man who holds up a card joint in Chicago and gets away with it, going some.”

Armstrong says that his Chicago achievement netted him about $1,000. which was enough to finance him for his and masterly work. In Washington Knott says that he met Armstrong at the Bliss Electrical School, in this city, where they were both pupils and, that, after a brief but intimate acquaintance, Armstrong broached his scheme of getting a little easy money by variation of the old and oftworked badger game.

~ Outlined Plot. ~

Armstrong, according to Knott’s story outlined the plot in brief and said that the best one that they could possibly pick for the woman’s end of the game would be Knott’s young wife, and that Armstrong was continually telling him that should not be plodding along in the world with a mere pittance when they could pick up a lot of easy money by the use of a little ingenuity.

Knott says that he met his wife six months ago and they were married in Rockville, Md., on November 25 find engaged apartments at the Cairo a few days after. On searching Armstrong’s rooms and trunks a number of cameras and plates were discovered. He claims, as does Knott, that he has been living on money sent to him by his mother in Orangeburg, Va., but police say that he has made other statements concerning the source of his income.

Rosenthal tells the police that he had requested hostess several times to turn off the mercury light which was suspended from the ceiling in her room, but that she made the excuse that the dark frightened her. So the light remained on and the pictures taken of the pair are consequently as clear and well defined as taken in broad daylight.

The police spay that they have found the hole in the door through which the pictures were taken, the weapon with which Rosenthal was threatened, and several other bits of damaging evidence against Knott, Armstrong, et al., but they will not say what these last bits of evidence are. There is no doubt however, in the minds of the police authorities that in the capture the trio thy have bagged one or the boldest and most dangerous sets of blackmailers that have ever been taken or even reported here

Knott was arrested late yesterday afternoon just as he was demanding the payment of the $2,000 promised by Rosenthal. Armstrong was taken at the a Cairo, as also Benjamin H. Knott, brother of James Knott who is held on suspicion, and Mrs. Knott was taken into custody just as she was about to step on board a train at Takoma D. C., where she was to have met her husband. It is not thought that there are any other members in the gang.

[“Disclosures Made By Trio Accused of Blackmailing – Fourth Arrest In The Alleged ‘Badger Game’ Case. – Are Disappointed But Indifferent - Variations of Old ‘Frame Up’ Used In Attempt to Blackmail Harry Rosenthal.” The Washington Times (D.C.), Dec. 15, 1910, p. 1]





Netta Heiland & Bridgett Reilly, New York City Badger Game Girls - 1892

FULL TEXT:  New York is just now enjoying the details of a rare case of blackmail in which one of her most respected citizens appears to be the victim.

The history of the time is dotted with strange instances of blackmail being levied upon men whose wealth or position makes them shining marks tor designing and clever rogues, but this case seem to have some features out of the ordinary.

Nearly every one of the California millionaires have in turn been subjected to blackmailing schemes by designing women. Living in an atmosphere of license, they were assailed at the weakest point, and it would be strange indeed if some of them were not occasionally trapped. The man who is at all times proof against every passion of his nature has not yet been born.

Even the late merchant prince, Alexander T. Stewart, cold and correct as he was, became the target for the shaft of the female blackmailing archer.

Of all the influences that sway mankind none is so strong as the influence of sex. It dominates all others. It is knowledge of this influence of the actions – God given and proper when under control – that makes the professional blackmailer fish for men’s fortunes and their souls, and the bait is always a woman.

Charles Broadway Rouss is a unique figure in New York commercial life. Making no claim to the advantages of birth or education, he is a natural man, with the faults and foibles of a natural man.

But he has also the virtues of a strong and manly character. He has never been accused of being a hypocrite and he is not afraid of hard work. It is by the hardest of hard work and the greatest application that he has accumulated the fortune, a large slice of which Bridget Reilly’s advisors are now anxious to transfer to their own coffers.

Bridget came over from Ireland a year or so ago. She was pretty, with dark eyes and raven tresses, and was soon employed by Netta Heiland, Mr. Rouss’ pretty housekeeper. Now Bridget wants the modest sum of $50,000 in payment for the injury done her name by Rouss. The New York police say that it is impossible that this bold scheme could have originated in the simple brain of the raw emigrant girl, to whom a few hundred dollars a few weeks ago would have seemed a competency. But there are designing men and women in New York, both in and out of the legal profession, and the slightest slip is seized on as a peg to hang a suit upon, if the proposed victim is but big enough game. And so Bridget is advised her friends that the merchant can be squeezed to the tune of $50,000. How much of this large sum the girl would receive, supposing the lego-squeezing process to be successful, is a problem that would require a very astute philosopher to solve.

Mr. Rouss’ case is simply this: His housekeeper employed a comely and lively emigrant girl as domestic in the household. The girl from time to time put herself in the merchant’s way, and he was in the habit of giving her small presents of money he was overcome by the blandishments of the too willing daughter of Eve, who omitted the time honored formula of “swearing she would ne’er consent.” He is not hypocrite enough to claim that he acted the part of Joseph, but he was liberal to the girl in the matter of money.

She presented herself at his store last December, scarcely half clad, and invoked his assistance. She stated that Mr. Rouss’ housekeeper had quarreled with her and turned her out after locking up her clothes. In sympathy for tier condition he save her more money and she found lodgment where, at her request, he visited her.

The girl afterwards became a confidant of the housekeeper, whose part in the whole scheme will probably be exploited at the trial. It might seem like a mixing of metaphor to refer to a woman as the Ethiopian in the wood pile, yet the facts in the case point to a conclusion, and the trial may uncover the greatest nest of organized blackmailers in this or any other country with Netta Heiland as a leading figure among them.

[Leon Deveraux, “Ways Of The Wicked - Female Blackmailers Operating In New York. - The Sensational Case Of Millionaire Rouss. - Bridget Reilly a Pretty Dark Eyed Daughter of Erin Becomes Americanized Rather Suddenly - Said to Be the Tool of Female Blackmailers.” The Burlington Hawk-Eye (Io.), Apr. 27, 1892, p. 6]